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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Thursday, January 9

“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” — Psalm 143:10


As a young athlete, I struggled with maturity issues. Because of the early death of my father, my mother chose to leave me with my grandparents for several years. My grandfather did his best, but I remember the loneliness and wondered, “Why?” I did find early success with baseball, but my lack of focus in school did not sit well with my coaches.

At the age of 16, I met a successful college athlete, Dick Pesonen, who stopped at our local ballpark. He took time to hit me balls, and my skills and confidence grew rapidly. Pesonen went on to play in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, and I have never forgotten his kindness.

Children and teenagers growing up in this world today need someone to teach and guide them. Pray and ask God to direct your path in this area, and begin to share your skills and experience with young people.

God will provide the direction, but you must take the action steps.

Paul Kelly

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