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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Monday, June 29

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” — Psalm 23:4

Through

Sometimes when sending a text or drafting an email, autocorrect can be difficult when it changes the correct word you desire to use. But autocorrect can be a very useful tool as well.

I was in the tough position recently of ending one of my counseling contracts with an agency I had been with for approximately 12 years. While the circumstances weren’t favorable in the world’s eyes, as I would be without a significant portion of income and health insurance, I knew that this would also be an opportunity to forge my reliance and trust on God. I sent an email to my boss that I intended to say, “We’ll make it though.” Autocorrect appropriately changed it to “We’ll make it through.” The point was well taken.

“Through” is the key word. One definition of through is “continuing in time toward completion,” or “moving in one side and out of the other side.” There are numerous scriptures which focus on that word “through.” Athletes often cite Philippians 4:13 (NKJV), “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” as well as Psalm 23:4 mentioned above.

Certainly, “through” does not mean a linear direction from point A to point B, but we will get to where God wants us if we only trust that He will get us through. Many times, that means that we meditate on trusting God and say to ourselves over and over that God is with us. When we face challenges, the natural inclination is to distract ourselves to avoid the present difficulty or circumvent the challenge, but we need to remember that God is with us. He will see us through, but only if we trust as in Psalm 23.

— Sawyer Nix, mental performance coach/sports counselor

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