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March 23, 2020

God Willing!

Come now you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;” whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow... (James 4:13-14)

If you have spent any time in baseball, you understand the lofty goals and expectations players put in place - Some healthy, some not so healthy. When goals are unhealthy they can become self-important, even boastful.

It is not just people in the game that are this way, many have selfish desires that long for a self-indulging future or a need for the accolades of the past. James writes that it's our selfish desires that drag us away and lead to sin (James 1:14,15). Now, it is not just our desire, but in a very real way, tempting from Satan. He wants us to rely on anything but God. He certainly wants our focus off of Jesus, and our Jobs and even our possessions can become that distraction.

Being in the Word consistently can help with our focus. Here are a few verses to help us re-center:

  • “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).
  • “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
  • “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself…” (Jeremiah 10:23).
  • “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1).

Jesus promised us a life of abundance (John 10:10). But we can’t enter into that abundance if we’re not giving our lives fully to Him. Don’t spend today planning tomorrow and avoiding the issues that confront you now.

Question: Do you acknowledge God and bring all your plans to Him.

Challenge: Fix your eyes on Christ and embrace what is in your path right now.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me live for today. Remind me that your will is more important than anything in my life. Apart from you, we can accomplish nothing. May I acknowledge you in everything I do. Amen.

Juan Vazquez, Strength Coach -- Texas Rangers

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