Recently, a player either intentionally or unintentionally violated one of the fundamental principles of our offense. When I reminded him of the importance of remaining faithful to our game plan, he looked me in the eye and said, “I will.” To me, this implied that he will commit to getting it right the next time.
Similarly, in my faith, I am often reminded of the important commitments I want to live out that bring freedom and
I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3 NLT
The Psalmist’s statement at the beginning of Psalm 34 reminds me of the many “I will” statements that I make, which imply that “I will” accomplish something in the near future. As I reflect on this verse, I can see many opportunities I am missing to praise God for the countless blessings He has so generously given to me.
Every day, God allows me to interact with a variety of people. I am in awe of how He works through my circumstances and relationships with others to show me the incredible plans He has for my life, and for the lives of those for whom I care deeply.
As I consider the many conversations I will have each day going forward, my hope is that out of the natural overflow of my heart, “I will” express some of the countless and wondrous things God is doing in my life, and that “I will” continually praise Him because He is indescribably faithful and gracious to me. “I will” praise Him with the words of my mouth, in my conversations with others and in my quiet conversations with Him.
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