Monday, September 27, 2010

Find someone...

Find someone in this room…go ahead, look around…pick out someone you care about and play hard for them tomorrow.” (Wade Phillips, Head Coach Dallas Cowboys)

I am in no way a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, but when I heard one of their players share this statement from their head coach this past week, it struck a chord in me. The coach was trying to inspire his team that had yet to win a game, to play for those they cared about most.

There have been moments in my life that I could refer back to when I simply didn’t have the will to compete in the game of life for my own self. Tough times always bring us to this place of reality. It doesn’t take a long period of evaluation in our lives to realize that selfish ways lead down a destructive path.

(Park Bench - Bel Air, MD)
Wade Phillips wanted his team to see that playing the game of football for your own self will not bring success. He wanted to show them that in order to be victorious, you had to play the game for the man next to you.

If we could only realize the importance of this principle, set into motion over two thousand years ago by our Creator, things in our lives would be so different. We would leap out of bed each day ready to take on any storms headed our way, because we would be fighting for our family, our friends…or maybe even complete strangers.

(Sam's Shoes - Rocks State Park)
This journey with Christ is not about you. It is not about what you accomplish or obtain. What Christ desires for us to grasp is that our walk with Him is not about us…it is about others.

If we start to struggle or begin to question the reason we do what we do…look around you, pick out someone you care about…and play for them.
* Give your all in total surrender to Christ…so that someone else can ‘see’ Him.
* Give what you can…so the thirsty can drink and the hungry can eat.

This game of life cannot be played selfishly. There will come a time when you need others, too. How different this world would be if mankind just looked around the room, picked someone they cared about…and played hard for them.

(Me & the 'guys' ... Dodgers / Phillies - Philadelphia, PA)
John 15:13 – “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (NLT)

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