Daily Devotional: Psalms 141:5-10
5 Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers; 6 their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken. 7 They will say, "As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave." 8 But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge--do not give me over to death. 9 Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God.
What is your goal in life? What is your dream, the one thing you would like to be remembered for? Many of you know that I am a Florida State football fan and have been for almost fifty years. During this time FSU has had several coaches, but none compare to the time of Coach Bobby Bowden. His accomplishment are in the record books. So, what do you think he wants to be remembered for?
I had the opportunity of meeting him and hearing him speak. He was talking about what was important and what did not really matter. He said that the one thing he could say he had done was that he never had a coach work for him or a player under him that he had not talked to about Jesus Christ. Many would give almost anything to have his past fame or to have his wealth. These will pass.
I heard an interview with another great coach, Lou Holtz. He was asked about dealing with pressure and how he did this when a game was close or it came down to a final field goal. His reply has always stayed with me. He said that real pressure is when his teenage daughter went out on a date. What matters is people, priorities, what we teach our children. What matters is Jesus in us.
Heavenly Father keep me from allowing the passing things of this world to alure me and keep me from having my focus on what really matters. Help me keep my eyes on Jesus and on the things above where he is seated at your right hand. I want to be like him and make your will my own. Use me to share the good news of your saving grace in Jesus Christ. Let others see Jesus in my attitude and in the way I live. Forgive me when I fail to honor you and live up to your glory. Use me to help others when they are struggling. I humbly pray in the name of Jesus.