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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Friday, December 21, 2018

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” — Psalm 30:5

Only for a Time

As athletes and coaches, we have all experienced the ups and downs of the joy that comes from a great victory or the heartache that comes from a defeat. I believe these experiences make us stronger when it comes to the ups and downs of life.

When I speak at clinics, conferences, businesses or churches, I always say the following: “We can wake up each morning and say three words — two different ways — with a totally different attitude. We can say: “Good morning God!” Or, we can say: “Good God mourning!” Why wouldn’t we always choose to say the first?

Our attitudes are 100 percent our choice and we need to refuse to let our circumstances in life affect our attitudes! We need to always remember: “It’s our attitude — not our aptitude — that gives us altitude in life.”

The psalmist in Psalm 30:5 is telling us that our earthly sorrows last but a short time when we compare them with the anticipated joy that will begin in Heaven and last forever.

Those of us who weep can dwell on hope instead of hopelessness, and anticipation instead of sorrow. It may be nighttime in our hearts, but just ahead lies the dawn of eternity.

And with that dawn, God promises us endless joy of a Heavenly morning. We can endure this life’s trials because of the next life’s joys!

Ron Link

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