Yet again, God showed me an awesome devotional that I must share this morning because it spoke so clear and dear to my heart!
In my last post I had mentioned that one of my goals for this summer is to study three college coaches to gain some knowledge of where they started and how they got to where they are now. Currently I am studying John Wooden and I am honestly obsessed with who this incredible man was. God truly had a purpose for his life and it’s incredible to see how God worked through him.
In my devotional this morning I am reading Day 17 – Windows of Opportunity.
“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil God can use for his purpose. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the master to use you for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 2:21
The first paragraph pretty much says it all:
“I must have the drive to develop my abilities and become the best I can be so that I’ll be ready. If I’m prepared, perhaps my chance will come. But if I’m not primed, I’ll miss my opportunity, and it isn’t likely to come again. I have to think as if I’m only going to get one shot, so I must be ready.” – John Wooden
This is so true in anything and everything. And I’m especially excited to be able to share this with the young ladies on my team when the question of playing time gets brought up.
But the part of the devotional that really hit me this morning was the story of Joseph. (Genesis 37-50)
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers because they were jealous of him. Through the many ups and downs of Joseph’s life he always let God have control of his life. When he became second in command of Egypt, his brothers came to him and threw themselves to his feet. The response of Joseph is something I believe we all need to hold onto in our hearts:
Genesis 50: 18-20
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
My heart is filled with so much joy. If only we could all realize that when things go wrong, or our life turns out a little differently then we expected, God is using those moments in our lives to accomplish what needs to be done for his and our purpose.
Dear Lord, help me to do my part to stay pure and filled with Your presence so that I’ll be ready for the windows of opportunity You open for me. Thank You for giving me opportunities to serve You. Amen.
(Credit of the quotes and prayer to John Wooden + Jay Carty for writing “Coach Wooden: One-On-One” <- It’s a must read!)