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Monday, March 9, 2015

Wait for it...... Day 17 Lent 2015

Day 17 Lent 2015

"Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!"   Psalm27.14

      Paul "Bear" Bryant is widely considered to be one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. Bryant's record in 38 years at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, and Alabama included 323 wins. He also took 29 teams to bowl games and led 15 of his teams to conference championships. In the 1960s and 1970s, no school won more games than Alabama (193-32-5). He won 6 national championships and was SEC coach of the year 11 times. As one of his colleagues said, "He wasn't just a coach; he was the coach."

     John Croyle, an All-American defensive end on the 1973 national championship team, played for the Bear, and shared this story of one of coach Bryant's pregame speeches.

“In this game, there are going to be four or five plays that will determine the outcome of this contest. Four or five plays that will swing the momentum toward us, or away from us. I don't know which plays these will be. You don't know which plays these will be. All you can do is go out there and give all that you have on each and every play.”

Here’s the reality—Our life is made up of a series of moments. A few of those moments will be absolutely transformative—they will change our life and the lives of others forever. But since we usually don't know which moments will be the "game-changers," the Bible repeatedly urges us to "wait on the Lord."  But this is not a passive waiting.  A kind of do nothing existence.  On the contrary we should be always on the lookout, expectant and hopeful that God can use any random moment to be a moment of Grace that blesses you and the world.

A prayer for today:  "Good and gracious Lord, help me to live this day expecting to see you and your work in my life.  Guard me from despair and give me the courage I need to face each and every situation with confidence and hope!  Amen."

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