Big Game, Bigger God!
“Keep vigilant watch over your heart, that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.”
Proverbs 4:23-26 (The Message Bible)
What this Means
Watch your Heart. The Hebrew word for vigilant has connotations of placing a security guard around your heart. The idea is that nothing that isn’t supposed to be in our heart and mind gets in. Fill your heart with trust and confidence and then let nothing else in.
Stay Together. The temptation when things get tough is to blame others. The opportunity to endure and overcome comes when we stay united in our trust and in our confidence in each other. We win together.
Remain Focused. Keep your eye on the prize. There are all kinds of situations, circumstances, people and projects that want to distract us. There is just one thing that matters – giving our very best.
Keep it Simple. It’s all about doing what we know and doing the simple things with excellence. Literally, this verse means, “watch your feet”. Doing the simple things well leads us down the successful path.
Things to Think About
- What thoughts do I need to allow into my heart and mind? What thoughts do I need to keep out?
- What can I do to keep my relationships honest and fair? What can I do to affirm my teammates and strengthen our togetherness?
- What are some of the “sideshows” in my life that are distracting to me? How to I minimalize them so that I can remain focused?
- What do I know to do well? Do that.
Lord, wise words written thousands of years ago remind us of what is important today. We ask this evening that you would watch over our hearts, letting only positive attitudes and values in. Help each of us, by the words that we say, contribute to bringing our team even closer together. Allow us to remain completely focused as distractions are put to the side so that we can do the simple things that lead us down the successful path. We ask this in Jesus name, Amen.