“DON’T FOLLOW THE PUCK!”

“AGAIN AND AGAIN I SENT ALL MY SERVANTS TO YOU. THEY SAID, ‘EACH OF YOU MUST TURN FROM YOUR WICKED WAYS AND REFORM YOUR ACTIONS; DO NOT FOLLOW OTHER GODS TO SERVE THEM. THEN YOU WILL LIVE IN THE LAND I HAVE GIVEN TO YOU AND YOUR ANCESTORS.’ BUT YOU HAVE NOT PAID ATTENTION OR LISTENED TO ME.” JEREMIAH 35:15 NIV

WAYNE GRETZKY IS BELIEVED BY MANY TO BE THE BEST HOCKEY PLAYER OF ALL TIME. WHILE SOME MAY DISAGREE, IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO SAY HE IS NOT ONE OF THE GREATEST. DURING AN INTERVIEW A FEW YEARS AGO MR. GRETZKY WAS ASKED WHAT MADE HIM SUCH A GREAT PLAYER. HIS STATISTICS PROVED HE WAS NOT THE LARGEST PLAYER, NOT THE FASTEST SKATER AND NOT THE STRONGEST PLAYER. YET, HE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST SCORERS. WITH SO MANY ‘NOT THE’, HOW COULD HE SCORE SO HIGHLY?

MR. GRETZKY TOLD THE INTERVIEWER, “I DON’T FOLLOW THE PUCK, I GO WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING.” WOW! WHAT A SIMPLE STRATEGY. WHILE THE OTHER PLAYERS ARE CHASING EACH OTHER AND THE PUCK AROUND THE ICE, HE IS WATCHING TO SEE WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING. AS A RESULT OF HIS OBSERVATIONS, HE BECAME A SCORING LEGEND.

ARE YOU A ‘SCORING LEGEND’ IN YOUR LIFE? YOUR SUCCESS COULD BE PARTIALLY DEPENDENT UPON NOT FOLLOWING THE CROWD AND INSTEAD FOCUSING ON A SOLITARY COURSE OF ACTION OF WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.

HOW ABOUT YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE? ARE YOU A ‘SCORING LEGEND’ IN GOD’S SCORE BOOK? ARE YOU FOLLOWING A SPIRITUAL COURSE THAT WILL TAKE YOU WHERE YOU SHOULD BE RATHER THAN FOLLOWING THE CROWD?

GOD KNOWS ALL YOU DO AND ALL YOU DON’T DO. ONE OF OUR GREATEST BLESSINGS IS KNOWING GOD FORGIVES OUR SINS. GOD SACRIFICED HIS ONLY SON ON THAT RUGGED CROSS. YOUR BELIEF IN JESUS WILL LEAD YOU TO WHERE YOU NEED TO BE. YOUR FAITH WILL TAKE YOU TO HEAVEN REGARDLESS OF THE STUMBLING PATHWAYS OF THIS WORLD.

‘DON’T FOLLOW THE PUCK.’ WHAT ARE THE FALSE GODS YOU ARE FOLLOWING…MONEY, POWER, MATERIAL POSSESSIONS, ALCOHOL OR FANTASIES? LIVE YOUR LIFE GOING TOWARDS WHERE YOU NEED TO BE, WHERE JESUS IS…SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD IN HEAVEN.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “JESUS, I ACCEPT YOU ARE MY LORD. HELP ME TO NOT FOLLOW THE FALSE GODS OF THIS WORLD. I WILL FOLLOW YOU. BY YOUR GRACE, I WILL KEEP MY EYES UPON YOU. HELP ME WALK TODAY AS YOU WOULD LEAD ME. AMEN.”