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Fight the Flab – Flubbed Chance

Sacked Football QuarterbackKey Bible Verse: You also must run in such a way that you will win.  1 Corinthians 9:24

Bonus Reading:  1 Corinthians 9: 24-27

For one experienced backup quarterback, a game at mid-season was like all the others.  The starting quarterback was healthy and the chances of the backup playing were slim to none.

This backup had entered games before and he knew he could step up to the challenge if called upon.  So during the preceding week of practice his mind drifted to other interests.  He paid little attention to the films and didn’t open his playbook.  He suited up for the game expecting another day of wearing the headset and carrying a clipboard.

He was wrong.  An injury to the starter thrust him into the action with no warning.  It was a disaster from the start.  The defensive schemes and blitzing attacks had been explained in practice but he hadn’t paid attention and was unprepared to perform his job and lead the team.  After the game he admitted his lack of preparation and was cut the next morning.

This young man lost his significant salary as well as the respect of his teammates and fans.  He hadn’t been ready at the moment of need.  His playing time was unexpected for sure, but his job was to be ready without warning, and he paid dearly for his failure.

— Dan Bolin in “Avoiding the Blitz”

My Response: To avoid being caught flat-footed, I need to …

Thought to Apply: The Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” means you’re always to be in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty.—Robert Baden-Powell (founder)

Adapted from “Avoiding the Blitz” (NavPress, 1998)

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