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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Friday, January 3

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” — Acts 20:24

The Game Plan

In 1969, I took my first job after college as teacher and assistant basketball coach. It wasn’t a good sports year at my high school; varsity football and basketball both had losing seasons, and my junior varsity basketball team was 8-10.

At season’s end, however, we hosted the conference freshman-sophomore basketball tourney. Fortunately, I had three sophomores and two freshmen who were good players. We won our first game, but halfway through the second, one of their players got hot and made several consecutive baskets. I substituted another skinny freshman who seemed to be improving on defense.

He immediately began “belly button to belly button” defense on their hot shooter and shut him down! The kid was naturally sure-footed, very quick, and hustled for all he was worth.

He became the crowd favorite of the tourney (which we won), and it was a real pleasure to watch him play defense.

Psalm 18:33 says, “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the heights.” Also, Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'”

May we, like that skinny freshman, use our “supernatural” sure-footedness to bring joy to the One who made us, and proclaim His Good News.

Stanley Tucker

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