College Devotionals - Week 10

David, my son, and I watched our basketball team play on TV tonight--The Louisville Cardinals.  GO CARDS!!  They won and had one of their best games of the year.  We both were glad.  I always get nervous watching my team play.  Whether it's the Cards or some other team I favor, it can at times be nerve racking.  This past weekend the two teams I had hoped would win in the NFL both lost.  There have been times I have watched the Cards lose as well.

I much prefer the feeling of winning.  There are some good lessons to be learned in winning and in losing.  For one, there is something to be learned after each game-win or lose.  Life is a lot like that.  Each day, regardless of its expectations or outcomes has something to teach us.  Look for the lesson in this day.

Another lesson is that it's only a game.  That's an important truth to cling to.  In sports, there will be a tomorrow, win or lose.  The lesson here is keep life in perspective.  Cheer for your team, celebrate when they win, be sad when they lose.  Life is so much more than a game.  And there are so many more important things-your family, your health, your relationship to God to name a few.

Finally, as our Youth Minister, Dave, has taught many of us, "Be the Best!" In other words, pour yourself into what you do.  Pour yourself into life. My daughter has a picture on her door that she drew.  It has three words-"Live, Laugh, Love."  That's a good start to being your best in life.

Jesus told us I came so (you) can have real and eternal life, more and better life than (you) ever dreamed of.  (John 10:10, The Message).

Have a great week,


January 17, 2008