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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, October 9, 2018

“They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.” — Psalm 106:36-37

Eternal Focus

Herm Edwards’ bizarre touchdown in a 19-17 Philadelphia Eagles last-minute upset of the N.Y. Giants in 1978 is one of the NFL’s most incredible plays. The current head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils, Edwards returned a Joe Pisarcik fumble for six points.

But it pales in comparison to what he is likely most known for. In 2002, he was the head coach of the New York Jets. After some questioning at a press conference that was less than ideal for Edwards, his sound byte became one for the ages.

“You play to win the game,” he said.

Very true on some level. Sadly, we see many families and parents win the wrong game. Churches have lower attendance during summer months, because of Sunday sports leagues for children. Parents are seeing their children’s success be based on how busy the calendar is. Let’s call it, “the soccer mom/AAU dad” phenomenon.

When it’s all said and done, how we live out the Great Commission and invest our time with our most important treasures will tell the story of our lives.

Win a game for eternity or win for the temporal? The choice is yours.

Jeff Pinkleton

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