His lifelong ambition was to play professional football. Finally, the day was scheduled for him to try out before the coaches of the San Diego Chargers. But, on the day before the tryout, Dale lost both of his legs and three fingers on one hand in an explosion.
Sixty long days after the explosion, he was discharged from the hospital. As he was wheeled from his room to a waiting car, he looked at the two “stubs” that were now his legs and his right hand that had only a thumb and little finger remaining.
He could have given up in disappointment, gone on welfare, and received a lifelong disability. But he didn’t.
He could have focused on everything he lost in the explosion and chosen to live a life of anger and hatred. But he didn’t.
He could have become filled with resentment for those who made the team that year and were hailed as heroes. But he didn’t.
Instead of giving up or becoming angry and hateful or filled with resentment, he challenged himself with the reality that “Anyone can become a quitter. But I’m going to become the greatest insurance salesman my company has ever seen!” And he did.
Paul said, if I chose, “I can know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead.” He did, and we can see the difference Christ made in His life. Fortunately, that same power is available today for Christians who choose to use that power to glorify God with their lives. Life in Christ is a choice!
Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to accept the challenges You bring into our lives as opportunities to trust in Your power to accomplish great things for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death. Philippians 3:10
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