Monday, January 17, 2011

Make A Wish

A college freshman, small in stature, wanted to be a member of the football team. He reported for the first practice, went to the coach and asked to try out for the team. Not wanting to discourage him, the coach agreed. He gave him the football and said, “I want you to run toward the goal while these two linemen chase you.”

Tucking the ball under his arm, he ran as fast as he could. Soon, one of the linemen grabbed his right leg and he began to fall. Then the other one grabbed his left leg and he fell to the ground. As he lay there, one said, “Make a wish.”

That’s when he decided to quit.

There were many times in the life of the Apostle Paul that he faced overwhelming odds; times when it appeared that he would be “torn apart.” But he never gave up or quit.

When he was enduring his final imprisonment in Rome and awaiting his trial, he did not know if he would be released or executed. Rather than being filled with fear, he demonstrated his faith in God. So, he prayed that when he stood trial he would speak courageously for Christ and not be ashamed. “For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ.” What faith. What trust. What courage.

Prayer: Father, may we like Paul have the boldness and courage to face adversity with courage and trust. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Philippians 1:19-21

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