I couldn’t believe it. The five-man football sled was sitting right in the middle of our practice field for the second week in a row. I turned to one of the other coaches and asked, “In light of that massive sled, how heavy it is, and the fact I have never played football or moved a sled like that before, should we move our practice to another field?”
We were dumbfounded and began to make plans because we could not use a field that had a large five man tackle sled in the middle of it. As we looked around, Derek Lich (one of our parents) asked, “Do you guys need that sled moved?”
Do you have a truck?” I retorted.
He looked at me and responded with confidence. “Let’s move this thing so we can have practice as planned.”
We each got in some form of athletic position, put our heads down, and started to push the sled. I was embarrassed how I had not even attempted to try this before. If it were not for Derrick’s encouragement, I probably would have walked off the field. This week, I find myself hoping it is there so we can move it again!
How many times in life do we give up without even trying?!
God spoke clearly to the prophet Habakkuk when he told him:
“Look among the nations and watch—
be utterly astounded!
For I will work a work in your days
which you would not believe,
though it were told you.” Habakkuk 1:5
So many times we quit on tasks and give up too early. How many circumstances in our lives would be different if we persevered while trusting God to show up to provide us with the provision, encouragement, and strength He promises?
God please use me as a person who challenges others to move the sled. Help me to have faith, to trust your plans, and pursue what is best instead of the path of least resistance. Help me to be a person who sees the potential in situations and who doesn’t quit because of the obstacles.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…Ephesians 3:20
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