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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Friday, June 28, 2019

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” — Colossians 3:23 

You Can’t Control Everything

All too often players and coaches waste time and energy complaining about the weather, officials or other things they have no control over. Human beings may not be able to control their circumstances; however, I use football to teach young men to focus on the things they can control: effort and attitude.

Our Master Coach, Jesus, doesn’t tell us that life will be easy. In fact, He said the opposite — living as a Christ-follower will be hard. In God’s playbook (the Bible), Paul writes that whatever it is we choose to do with our lives, we should give it everything we’ve got and focus on the things we can control with a positive mental attitude.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” — Philippians 4:8

— R. Levi Nelson, Field High School (Mogadore, Ohio) head football coach

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