Letting God Lead – Football or God?
Key Bible Verse: You must not have any other god but me. – Exodus 20:3
Dig Deeper: Isaiah 43: 10-11
Late one evening in our room at the Steelers training camp, I told Donnie Shell, “I don’t know that I’m going to make this team. … There are other new guys who are looking to do what I did last year—take somebody’s spot. This is just not going according to plan.”
“Tony, I think you’re at a crossroads,” Donnie said. ” … You tell everybody that God has first place in your life. Now, when your career looks like it’s teetering, we’re getting a chance to see what really is in first place for you.”
I thought about that all day and then came back to the conversation with Donnie.
“You’re probably right,” I told him. “I feel like I’ve been learning from Christian guys like you and growing. … But all of a sudden, I come to a crisis point, and I begin to panic. …”
Donnie measured me squarely: “All the Lord is trying to do is find out what’s in first place in your life, and right now, it looks like football is.”
I immediately knew Donnie was right, and I felt convicted.
It was the first time I was able to look at football as something God was allowing me to do, not something that should define me. I had to consciously make sure that God was in first place.
—Tony Dungy in Quiet Strength
My Response: If my neighbors were asked what has first place in my life, they would probably say I value this the most: …
Thought to Apply: Whatever a man seeks, honors, or exalts more than God, this is the god of his idolatry.—William B. Ullathorne (British Benedictine monk, bishop)
Adapted from Quiet Strength (Tyndale, 2007)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, it’s easy to say I follow you; it’s much harder to show it by the way I live; help me, with your empowering Spirit, to choose daily to live in obedience to your calling.