Thursday, June 19, 2014
You can't hide this, your life will tell on you ...
Sometimes, we try to be coy about what's important to us. Others are far more up front --- and ugly --- about it.
A true story is told of a football coach who divorced his wife of 26 years when he left coaching a college team to become a head football coach in the National Football League. He explained that he "needed" a wife while coaching on the college level to help with social functions and to indicate to families that he would be looking out for their sons. But in professional football, he said his wife was not only unnecessary, but a distraction to winning. The coach stated bluntly that winning football was his number one priority and his two sons came second.
The truth is that, in life, you will either pursue what's important to you, or what is important to God. A great life is when they're the same thing. There's another football coach who understood this and chose to live a great life.
Tom Landry (pictured above), the former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, once said: "The thrill of knowing Jesus is the greatest thing that ever happened to me ... I think God has put me in a very special place, and He expects me to use it to His glory in everything I do ... whether coaching football or talking to the press, I'm always a Christian ... Christ is first, family second, and football third."
The world will tell you --- loudly and persistently! --- to pursue what is important to you! You'll even hear that from a lot of preachers. But here is what Jesus said:
"Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need," Matthew 6:33.
When others look at how you live your life, would they discern you're doing what's important to you, or what's important to God? Is what is important to God the most important thing to you? What is more important to you than what is important to God? How does your life demonstrate that you seek the kingdom of God above all else?