Tuesday, December 4, 2007


I once read a memorable story about Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers. He was a fanatic about fundamentals. One time when his championship team lost to an inferior squad, he called a practice early the next morning. The team had no idea what to expect from the man they feared the most. With gritted teeth, staring holes into each athlete, Lombardi began the meeting with: “Ok, we go back to the basics this morning . . . .” Holding a football high enough for every one to see, he continued to yell: “. . . gentlemen, this is a football!”

In our Christian life, we lose to an inferior squad every now and then. Satan and his team can get the best of us at times. During those losing days, we may need to get back to the basics: Keeping our eye on Jesus, our Master Coach and keeping our hands on the ball. Our football is the Holy Bible. I’m not a yelling football coach, but if you could see me now, I’d hold my Bible high and say, “Christians, let’s stay focused on the basics of our game—the Holy Bible at all times.”

May God grant us Victory in Jesus more and more each day.

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