It’s the first time I ever heard God speak while I watched football.
During the recent Indianapolis Colts/Kansas City Chiefs game, an announcer mentioned how the Colts’ linebacker, Daniel Adongo, was one of the first people at the practice facility, and one of the last to leave, each day. He spent his days-off studying game films and working out—while other teammates rested.
Adongo, a former pro rugby player, had never strapped on pads until about six months ago, before his first practices at the Colts’ training camp. Due to his humility, determination, and willingness to learn, he is suddenly playing in major NFL games.
The Holy Spirit often deploys scriptural principles, warnings, or encouragement in surprising places. Christians might hear God’s voice while watching movies, reading novels, on evening walks, while exercising, and during seemingly random conversations—if we are listening.
As I mulled the description of Adongo—FIRST IN AND LAST TO LEAVE—I received a distinct message to tune out any distractions that challenge my objectives in 2014. I must faithfully “practice” early and stay late to realize my God-inspired dreams.
Practices are boring, repetitious, and often feel useless—but the fulfillment of taking the field with God’s winning team makes training and trials worth any sacrifice!
I Cor. 9:25
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.