7th day of Lent
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Life hadn’t turned out quite the way Kurt had planned. Like so many young men, he had dreams of playing professional football, and he was always the best player on any team. In high school, he had been the starting quarterback, but it was a smaller team in Iowa, so the only scholarship he was offered was at a smaller college in Iowa.
It took him three years to get the starting job in college, but he made that one year count, and was his conference’s offensive player of the year. Still, that wasn’t good enough to get the attention of any NFL teams, and he ended up going undrafted. One NFL team did invite him to their rookie camp, but they would up cutting him from the roster before the season started.
So Kurt had come to this unexpected “career” – a college graduate with NFL aspirations working as a stockboy for a local grocery store. A year later, he did start playing Arena football, and he quickly became one of the better quarterbacks in the league. The money wasn’t good, so he still had to keep the job at the grocery store. But after three years, he finally got his shot – the St. Louis Rams wanted him to play a season in Europe. There, he was the league’s passing leader, so the Rams added him to their roster – as the third-string quarterback.
The next year, Kurt was moved to second-string behind a much-heralded free-agent. In the preseason, the starter had a season-ending injury, and Kurt found himself in the starting role for the entire year. And what a year it was. Kurt was the best passer in the NFL, leading his team to the Super Bowl. That year he became only the seventh player to win both the regular season and Super Bowl MVP awards.
If you follow the NFL at all, you know that Kurt to be Kurt Warner. He ended up having a storybook career, and is a loving father and husband. But if you asked him, he would tell you the most amazing part of his life is His relationship with Jesus Christ. He cites Matthew 6:33 as the key verse in his life.
“(This verse) encourages me to set aside everything I ever thought was important and focus on what He is telling me is important. From the day I became a Christian, until the day I see Jesus face to face, my goal in life is to align my thoughts, my actions and my life with the perfect plan of my Heavenly Father. This, to me, is what being a Christian is all about and the reason Matthew 6:33 has changed my life.”
Like Kurt, you may have some major goals that haven’t come about yet. Life may not have turned out the way you hoped it would, and you may have some anxiousness about that. But the Lord reminds us to put aside our anxieties and fears and focus on His will. He calls us to look to His will and ways before anything we might hope for, trusting that He will take care of our needs.
Today, pray that the Lord will align your goals with His plans for your life. Pray that He will ease any anxiety you may have about the days ahead, and that He will give you peace as He guides you toward His path for your future.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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