“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.”
Hebrews 12:1-2, NLT
I was the new junior high football coach in a small town in west Tennessee. It was our first game and I was having a huge problem: The boys on the field were looking to their dads for coaching instead of me. I would call a defense and a dad would change his son’s position on the field. The major problem was this town had a great high school team about twenty years earlier. Now these men had their kids playing football. Their boys had heard all the great dad stories and were convinced they needed to listen to their dads instead of me. At half time I helped the boys gain a new perspective. I explained their dads were great football players and they had a choice to listen to their dads or me during the game. Those who listened to me would be in the game and those who listened to their dads could stay with me on the sidelines. I explained I was the coach they had to please.
The Bible challenges us to minimize every distraction and focus on playing for Jesus. We often choose the wrong audience and get in trouble. The daily challenge is to choose to please God and play to an audience of ONE. When we try to please everyone we usually please no one. So we must choose to focus on Jesus.
QUESTION: What audience are you playing to in school, work, family, sports, and friends? How can you refocus on God? What can you do right now to begin to refocus? Is there someone you can enlist to hold you accountable?