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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Thursday, February 25

“In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” — Proverbs 16:9

Wait On The Lord

Several years ago, I finally decided to pursue my dream of becoming more involved in my great love of sports. Football in particular has always been my passion. The artistry of Barry Sanders or Walter Payton running the ball was equal in my mind to a Van Gogh or Degas masterpiece. I’ve been enthralled with the game as far back as I can remember. I was mesmerized with the passing of Dan Fouts and Dan Marino. The way they could place a football on the fingertips of a receiver running into the open field was never equaled.

During this time several years back, my family endured some tough times on a personal level. As much as I wanted to write some freelance stories or articles, it seemed like I kept hitting roadblock after roadblock. At one point during that time, my wife asked me to take a step back and devote more time to my family. As painful as it is to admit, I was bitter and resentful. After all, this was my passion. Why should it be taken away?

Most of us at one time or another pre-plan our life’s course. We create longterm plans that we selfishly desire for our own wants. Many times these plans are void of the Lord. Often we try to circumvent the Lord’s timing for each part of our life. We must ask ourselves: Are we fulfilling the Lord’s will or our own?

These are defining moments in our lives. Will we be patient and stay the course the Lord has for us, or do we try in our human nature to speed up the process and chart our way? Personally, I know that I have fallen short many times. I have given in to my own sped-up desires and wants. Within these times of falling short, it is imperative we realize to let go of our selfish ways. If we don’t, we will fail to fulfill the Lord’s plan for our lives.

Through these last several years, I’ve had to learn even the great game of football has to wait. I’ve had to wait. During this time, we must prepare ourselves for the very moment the Lord has planned for us.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” — Ecclesiastes 3:1

— Michael Comenole

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