All my life, I have loved sports, I love playing it and watching it on T.V. I loved being active and enjoyed spending time with my teammates. I grew up playing softball and if I must say myself, I was pretty good. Why? Because I loved the game, I practiced it, I studied it, I was dedicated to being the best I could be. I learned to take criticism and direction from my coach, we learned what position we would play and what was expected of us. We studied our opponents and what we needed to do to overcome them.
I guess that is why I always thought of God’s Word (Bible) as my playbook for life. Have you ever thought about that?
I like to think of our lives as believers, being like a football player. When a football player is looking to be recruited his two priorities are; to be on a winning team and playing for a good coach. He is looking for one that will motivate and inspire. First off, he needs to learn the team’s playbook, because this will become the most important part of his life. This book contains a set of codes and directions for each play, so that they all know exactly what to do when the quarterback calls the play, where their positions will be, and if executed right, how to make a successful play. Therefore having a winning season.
God has given us a playbook, His scriptures. God’s playbook will teach us what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. He has given us everything we need! It gives us the confidence to not only know our opponent, but how to defeat him with an expectation of success and victory. Just as the football player looks to his “coach” for direction and inspiration, so should we look to our Heavenly Father. He gave us the instruction and lovingly inspires each play. He knows exactly what position suits us best and how to use the gifts he’s developing in us.
God has not given us His word to just reflect on, we are called to know His word. We are to live by His word. Just as with a football players playbook, God’s word should be our number one priority! But you will never know God’s playbook, much less what to do with it, until you know the One who wrote it. So, study Him, know Him and talk to Him daily, moment by moment.
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11 18,19
I want to encourage you to make it a habit to read your playbook (the Bible). Think of the Holy Spirit as our “quarterback” the ultimate play caller. He has the perfect vantage point and will whisper His thoughts (plays) into your head, giving us the perfect play for that specific moment.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left Isaiah 30:21
Allow God to take the Scriptures we have studied and bring them forth out of our memory, and remind us of what we need to do in each situation. Make it a habit of calling upon the Lord for everything you do and know with confidence He will faithfully provide it. Time is short, don’t wait until 4th down before you ask Him!
The best part is; With God’s playbook we know we will end with a winning season….As Greg Laurie say’s “I know how it ends and it ends real good” Praise the Lord..We are Victorious in Christ! Doesn’t that make you want to join this winning team!
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the perfect play when I call upon You. I seek Your will for my life this day Lord. Show me what You want me to know as I read Your Word, and as I meditate upon Your Word. Continue to lead me in all aspects of my life so I may glorify Your Son. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
God Bless, Cheryl Downum