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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” — Matthew 6:33

Do Things Right

When the Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl 11 years ago, 60,000 screaming fans gathered in the RCA Dome to show their appreciation.

Head coach Tony Dungy stepped up to the podium, and after a minute of applause from the Indianapolis faithful, he began his speech: “When Jim Irsay called me five years ago — called me at my home in Tampa — and said, ‘I want you to be our coach, and I want you to win a Super Bowl,’ we decided that day that that’s what we were going to set out to do. But we also said one other thing, ‘We’re going to win one, but we’re going to win one the right way.’”

Did God want the Colts to win the Super Bowl that year? I don’t know. But I do know that Dungy did things the right way, exemplifying Christ-like leadership and undeniable classiness, and he was rewarded for it.

I’ve noticed that in my stress, in my worry, in my uncertainty, I fear that things in life won’t work out the way I’d like them to work out. Consequently, my crippling fear translates to a distrust in God regarding my future.

Psalm 37:5-6 says, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust him, and he will act.” God rewards the righteous. God rewards those who do things the right way. And if you’re doing things the right way — fearing the Lord (not your future), trusting Him and committing your way to the Lord — God will act. And when God acts, that is the best plan. It’s God.

Do things the right way, and God will reward the righteous.

Stephen Copeland

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