As I watched the PSU game and then listened to the banter on social media calling for Coach Franklin to be fired, I became concerned about the way we view things. People complaining about the fake punt on Penn State’s first possession and blaming Coach Franklin for a terrible call that lead to a UK field goal would have been the same ones praising him IF the long snapper would have made a more accurate snap and the runner would not have dropped the ball. If the ball drop never occurred, the runner would have made the additional half yard needed for a first down. The game came down to special teams not executing for Penn State and the wide receivers dropping balls. In spite of quarterback Trace McSorely’s valiant effort to lead the team back to victory while nursing a possible broken foot, Penn State fell short, 27-24.
Okay, why do I start this report this way? Because last Sunday we read Phil 3:12-4:1. We talked about the need to let go of the past (the good, the bad, and the ugly) (v.13). If we don’t let it go, we wallow in it and are not able to execute in the present and future. We talked about reaching for those things ahead of us (v.14). We have a goal before us, and that goal is Jesus. We tend to head towards were we are looking. So if our focus is on Jesus, it is only natural that is where we are going.
Focus … what a powerful word. We declared that was the word for 2019 … FOCUS! We need to constantly check our focus … to make sure we are looking in the right direction, to encourage others to keep heading the right way.
Heb 12:2 ERV We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God's throne.
In 2019, don’t get distracted, don’t get discouraged, don’t quit … keep your focus so you can successfully execute our game plan and be MORE than conquerors … we can win!
This is an excerpt from Pastor Art's weekly email