January 28 Devotion

I read an article about Shaun Alexander. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he was a running back for the Seattle Seahawks. One season he led the NFL in rushing and was named the MVP. In the eyes of many, he was a man’s man. What many men long to be. The article was talking about not only his football talents, but more importantly his off the field life. Including his faith.

They were discussing the NFL lifestyle. All of the things that can come with that. Money. Fame. Women. Etc. When the reporter asked him about those, his response was along these lines. I won’t get this Word for Word. But in essence he said that he avoids placing himself in situation‘s that he will find temptations. For example, he tried to avoid going to bars where he knew that that could lead to going home with someone he didn’t know. You can imagine how many times he was asked to go out by his teammates. The reporter asked him why he didn’t go, his response was he knew that he wasn’t man enough to avoid giving in to the temptations. Wow!

Made me think about me trying to be a man of faith. What I think we should all do when trying to work on our faith. We need to protect what we think about. Which is our hearts. We need to protect what we say. Which is our words. We need to protect ourselves from where we go. Which is our feet. I think if we do these things, we can work on building our faith. To help with this, surround yourself with others who will help you stay on track. Those that love you and hold you accountable through love. And while you’re doing this, strive to keep them on track as well. Hold them accountable through love. If we do these things, and ask God to guide us, he will show us the way. Because he loves us. Always has. Always will.

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