Summer 2024

Devotional of the Week -- Impact Through Defeat

05coolrunnings_ringsblog-blogSpan“When the centurion and those with him who we regarding Jesus saw the earth quake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!'” Matthew 27:54

Different isn’t always easy.

Remember the Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Calgary Olympics? Seems like an oxymoron, right? Jamaican bobsled?

To cement their involvement in the Olympics, a movie, Cool Runnings, was made about their exploits. The foursome of Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White and Nelson Stokes had little practice and they had to borrow sleds from other countries.

And despite the fact they crashed and didn’t finish, their positive attitude and goodwill toward others won the hearts of the fans.

Having an impact doesn’t always have to come through success. Sometimes having an impact comes through defeat or perceived defeat.

God can use our ups and downs to help people see Him, especially when we have a godly attitude. Just like the centurion saw Christ as the Son of God because of the way Jesus took the ridicule and mocking of the self-righteous people and leaders.

Keep that in mind the next time things don’t go the way you would like. God could be using your circumstance to show people who He is so that they have the opportunity to choose eternal life with Him.