A Word every day to get you on your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Keep this book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
Here is your playbook. Make sure you know every page of it by the end of the week. And whatever you do, don’t lose it. These were the first words said to me by my high school football coach as he handed me a blue binder with page after page of football plays in it. As I rode home on the subway, I thumbed through the book and realized there was a lot to know in this book. There were running plays, passing plays, special teams formations, audibles, motions, and that was only the offensive section. Just as long and detailed was the defensive section. There was no way he wanted me to “know” all of this by the end of the week.
The end of the week came, and needless to say, I didn’t know the playbook. I knew a few bits and pieces here and there, but not all of it. So when practice began I did what any teenager would do, I faked it. The first couple of plays went well, but it wouldn’t last. First I lined up on the wrong side. Then I missed a motion shift in the formation. By the third mistake, the coach called me over and asked me the question I was dreading all week, “Did you learn the playbook like I told you too?” My response, “I read the playbook.” He gave me a playbook and told me to sit on the sideline and learn it, and until I did, there was no reason for me to put on pads because I wasn’t ready to be in the game. So I spent every minute that I was not studying or in class and a couple of minutes when I was in class, learning the playbook so I could get back in the game.
Friends, if you don’t know the playbook you can’t expect to win the game. For the believer, the Bible is our playbook for the game of life. It gives us the instructions that we need for any situation that we may face, but it does us no good if we don’t study it. We have to put in the time, so we are not guessing when we face trials, adversity, triumphs, and challenges, but rather, we know exactly which play to run. When we are running God’s plays, success comes easily because when we follow God’s plan our success is assured. So take some time every day to not just read the word, but to study the word so that the next time you’re supposed to run the play you will know excactly what you should do.