“Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
– Proverbs 16:3
There is this running joke in our family that has gone on for years. When my sisters and I were playing booster club basketball in elementary school, my dad would take us to the gym at the school where he worked and we would have “do better” practices. So outside of practices, we had with our teams, we would often go to the gym and my dad would coach us and help us to “do better”. It often caused a lot of fights and someone would cry, but we learned and got better!
I will always remember these coaching sessions with my family. Both of my parents were coaches, so that’s what we did. We had basketball sessions, softball sessions, track and field sessions, and whatever sport we were doing at the time. Sure they were hard and frustrating, but I know that my parents cared about what we did and eventually, we did too. My sisters and I keep the joke going because of those memories, but it’s actually turned into self-discipline. In college, if I wanted to get better outside of my normal practice time, I would go out and get more practice in. I was a college track and field athlete and I threw the hammer. Look it up, so much fun! If you are not a naturally gifted athlete, then you had to work hard to become a better athlete.
I remember the commitment it took to be a better athlete always went along with my relationship with Christ. As I got older and better understood how I could worship the Lord in everything I did, sports became so amazing. Running to glorify the Lord, being a teammate, throwing for the Lord, witnessing to other teams at track meets, and inviting people to pray with us before the competition started sparked a fire in me that I never wanted to lose. These are the memories I have that will stick with me for the rest of my life. I committed myself to be a Christ-follower, and I knew that wherever I went, Christ was leading me.
Proverbs 16:3 says “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” This verse applies to so many different people and their lives. You may be struggling with something in your own life today and it may seem like you have no plan or direction to get through. I want to encourage you that when you commit yourself to the Lord, He will take you out of the darkness. Commitment can be scary, but when you are giving your life to the Creator, the Protector, the Father, you will know that He will care for you and provide for you everything that you need.
Pray: Lord, you are the ultimate provider, I want to commit my life to you. Guide me today, show me where you need me. Help me to let go of my sins which are holding me back from fully surrendering to you. I want to glorify you every step of my day. Thank you Lord for my life and for providing for me daily.
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