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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Thursday, January 2

“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ…” — Philippians 3:8

Why Worry?

Some of my most memorable childhood memories come from playing basketball with my dad. I was only 11 years old and my dad was a professional basketball player, so my chances of winning … well, I had no chance. Every day we played, and every day I lost. He would let me score until I almost won and then he would score 10 in a row to beat me. What a cruel game! I ran home crying every single time — I could not stand to lose.

Now, it’s funny for me to look back and see how ridiculous I was. In my mind, winning was the most important thing and losing was the end of the world.

There are so many things in life on which we place importance. We often end up stressing out and worrying about these things until they consume us. But, if we look at these problems with an eternal perspective, almost all of them are just as trivial as winning the games I played with my dad.

The only truly important thing we have to worry about is our relationship with Jesus and how we serve and glorify Him in our life.

Brooke Thompson

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