In God We Trust – Buc Up!
Bonus Reading: Psalm 37:1-40
When Tony Dungy was fired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach back in January 2002, the media marveled at how he responded to the decision with class, integrity, and faith.
Tony’s wife, Lauren, says that she and Tony have their disappointments and hurts but experience God’s grace and strength in the storm. “When our family, friends, and the community see that we face difficulties like anyone else, then we can communicate how our personal relationship with Jesus Christ sustains us … how God’s Word encourages us in trying times.”
The night after Tony was fired and before he signed as the new Indianapolis Colts head coach, Tony and Lauren invited the Bucs’ staff to their home. The Dungys shared from their hearts what they were going through and distributed copies of Psalm 37 to each person. “Be still in the presence of the Lord,” Tony read, “and wait patiently for him to act.”
While the sports world swirled around them, full of worried ponderings about what they would do, the Dungys calmly read Scripture and trusted God.
—Roxanne Robbins in Sports Spectrum Power Up!
My Response: When adversity strikes, do I panic? Or does reliance on God’s power sustain me?
Thought to Apply: And this be our motto, “In God is our trust.”—Francis Scott Key (in U.S. national anthem)
Adapted from Power Up! (Sports Spectrum, 5-6/02)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, You’ve never let me down in my past. So help me to really rely on You for my present and future.