Bill Bowerman was the track coach for the University of Oregon. Every time he watched his athletes run he would ask himself one question: “What can I do to help him run faster?”
Often he would think of their shoes and wondered if a different design would enable them to increase their speed. One morning while thinking about this concern his wife served him a waffle for breakfast. As he looked at the waffle he thought of a slab of rubber with the imprint of a waffle pressed deep inside of it.
From that concern came the beginning of the now famous waffle-pattern running sole that became the birth of the Nike shoe line.
“If any of you is deficient in wisdom” is the way one translator begins James 1:5. James was a Christian teacher with a Jewish background and saw wisdom as something that was entirely practical – something that was concerned with the business of living.
We must always remember that our God is a giving God and gives us the wisdom we need to make right choices, solve difficult problems and find directions for right living. However, as willing as God is to give, the responsibility for asking lies with the Christian. When we ask for anything in faith believing, God will grant the request as long as it is in His and our best interest.
Prayer: We pray, Father, that we will rely on You for the wisdom we need to meet and solve our problems. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.