Words Of Truth - March 9, 2011

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"The Simple Things"

Football Kick
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
II Corinthians 11:3

     One time when Michigan State was playing UCLA in football, the score was tied at 14 with only seconds to play.  Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State's coach, sent in place kicker Dave Kaiser who booted a field goal that won the game. When the kicker returned to the bench, Daugherty said, "nice going, but you didn't watch the ball after you kicked it." "That's right, Coach," Kaiser replied. "I was watching the referee instead to see how he'd signal it.  I forgot my contact lenses, and I couldn't see the goal posts."
     Any football fan knows the pressure that rests on the shoulders of the field goal kicker. The massive bodied, athletically-gifted superstar players have battled and scrapped all game only to find themselves a few points behind or facing overtime play, when the smallest member of the team trots on the field to swing his leg one time and win or lose the game.  The hopes of every fan, the dreams of every coach, and the success of every teammate rest squarely on the shoulders of the kicker.  That is a lot of pressure.
     Kickers all have basic routines that they follow before they kick.  If you watch carefully during a game you will notice the kicker going through certain paces as he prepares to make a kick.  Whether the place kicker is about to attempt a simple extra point or kick a 52-yard game winner, he will follow the same routine.  It may seem odd to everyone else, but to the kicker it’s a reminder that no matter the weight of the moment, his job is still a simple kick.
     Unlike Dave Kaiser, many people add unnecessary pressure to their lives by focusing their attention on what they cannot see.  Dave went through the basics of how to kick a football.  He could see the ball placed down by the holder, and he could see the line he needed to swing his foot along.  He knew, through training, that if he took care of the simple things in front of him, whether he could see the goal posts or not, the kick would sail through.  Too often we get concerned with the things beyond our sight and we fail to manage the things right in front of us, which certainly will lead to failure.
     Maintain your focus on the simple things in your life and the results will follow.  In marriage, child rearing, friendships, and spiritual life, etc., the simple things produce the greatest results.  Do not get concerned that you cannot see how things will turn out, simply follow the basics and you will come out victorious.

Study verses:  II Corinthians 1:12; Proverbs 14:6; Matthew 11:29-30; James 3:17; Hebrews 12: 1-2; Romans 12:1-2

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Previous devotions

"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011
"Praying for the Laborers" - February 23, 2011
"The Blessing of Burdens" - February 16, 2011
"Living In Death" - February 9, 2011
"A Loving Church" - February 2, 2011
"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010


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