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Author of "Faith & Football"

Game-Day Preparation

Every once in a while I happen to get an email that really stands out. I generally can’t stand forwarded messages and usually delete them and I NEVER keep chain messages going either. I just don’t like them. But when I got this message from a good friend of mine, I had to read it. When I did, I knew I had to share it with all my readers and friends on my blog. The remainder of this post is that message and if you have read my book, Faith & Football, you will notice how the sport parallels run through this message just like in my book. I just love this and if you know any sports fans or athletes who would benefit from reading this or my book, send them to and perhaps change a life. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy. See ya in a couple of weeks! 🙂

2 Timothy 2:20-22 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. “Useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”

Two-a-days are underway.  The boys of Friday night are running, blocking, tackling, learning plays, practicing offense, practicing defense, practicing special teams, getting in shape, getting ready for the action underneath the Friday night lights. They are getting prepared.  They are working to make themselves useful for the team and the coach so when their name is called and they step onto the field they can make a difference.   They are spending many hours each day in the heat and humidity.  They are in the weight room and they are on the practice field.  Their time and their focus is preparing for those Fall Friday nights. The excitement is building.   How much time everyday do we spend preparing ourselves for the game of life?  Are we cleansed, honorable, sanctified, ready to be useful when the Master calls our name and we step onto the field of life? 

 Are we prepared to do good work?  Are we satisfied sitting on the bench content to watch others play or are we doing everything in our power to hear our name called and throw on our helmet and get in on the action? We are in the fourth quarter of the game of life and the clock is ticking down.  The Master needs players who will make a difference.  He needs players who are prepared and ready for action.   Have you and I spent our time in the weight room and practice field?  Have we gotten up early or stayed up late and studied the Play Book?  Do we know our responsibilities when the ball is snapped and the play is underway?  Are we focused and prepared to get in on the action?  Are we excited?  Let’s go win some disciples for Christ! Useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 

Ready to make a difference.  Let’s play ball!


One Response to “Game-Day Preparation”

  1. Good Stuff Man! I remember two-a-day and how they prepared me for those fall Friday night! And it is so true about the game of life! We MUST be prepared and know the playbook and most importantly the writer of the playbook, The Lord God! Thanks for sharing Josh!

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