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Pastor Scott Richards, First United Methodist Church, Post

Seeking God in our Daily Discipline

Published Oct. 27, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

It always amazes me how much attitude and preparation make a difference.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders surprised the sports nation this week when they ambushed the Oklahoma Sooners in Oklahoma's own back yard.  The Red Raiders were a four touchdown underdog coming off two consecutive losses.  They featured a good but mistake prone offense and a defense without a senior featuring many freshmen and sophomores and on their third different defensive coordinator and learning their third different defensive system.  The Oklahoma Sooners featured a top ranked veteran unit with one of the best defenses in the nation and great offensive unit led by a player-of-the-year candidate.  On top of this Tech’s history even with their best teams was to play poorly in Norman.  So how did Tech beat the Oklahoma Sooners?

The best clue came in the second quarter of the game from the announcers doing the national ABC football broadcast.  Just as amazed as everyone else when Texas Tech took a 24-7 lead.  They mentioned that even during their talks with coaching staff and fans of Oklahoma the emphasis had been on the upcoming Bedlam game with Oklahoma State.  Now it is not uncommon for fans to look past an opponent.  But when the coaching staff is looking at the Bedlam series it tells you the mindset of the team.  Oklahoma thought they had beaten the Red Raiders without ever having to play the game.  The arrogance and attitude of OU probably cost Oklahoma a legitimate shot at the National Title contest.

No, this is not really a sports column.  But sports has a way of mimicking real life, even our spiritual lives.  Jesus once said, “Do not worry about tomorrow.  Tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)  There is little we can do about the future.  We simply don’t know what the future brings and the best laid plans of mice and men seldom come to fruition.

I know I am not alone in being guilty of putting off today’s tasks until tomorrow.  This is especially true of tasks like prayer, Bible Study, and the daily need to seek God’s face.  Time has a way of getting away.  I will do better tomorrow.  Pretty soon, we all learn the same lesson.  Tomorrow never comes.  You have to prepare and live for today before you can prepare and live for tomorrow.  This doesn’t mean that you have no overarching plan, no long term goals.  But it does mean that we do first things first.  Just as Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.”  When we stop seeking God as a part of our daily discipline we become like the Oklahoma Sooners and find ourselves losers.

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