Get Yourself Ready – NACA Devotional #36

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2014 NACA National Tournament action at Fort Bluff Camp on Dayton Mtn. (photo: Rhea Review)

Get Yourself Ready – NACA Devotional #36

Read: 2 Timothy 4:2, 1 Peter 3:15

January 15, 2015

We are already two weeks into 2015. We have surveyed the past year, evaluated our lives, considered the effectiveness of our work, and made resolutions to change or work on our weak areas. It is an annual event that most of us will undertake. It can prove to be helpful to us if we can be disciplined enough to keep our commitments.

In athletics, one of the areas that coaches like to stress is the area of readiness. Being mentally and physically ready for practice, games, and whatever life can throw at them. During long seasons it can be a real challenge to keep everyone at their best and keep them motivated for practices. The daily grind is tough for some individuals, but yet a real challenge for others to ‘keep on keeping on’. Someone once said, “The toughest thing about life is that it is so daily.” I believe that this is sometimes a big battle for all of us.

Ohio State’s quarterback, Cardale Jones, was a great example of someone who stayed at the top of his game every day in practice, even though he wasn’t playing. Starting the year as the third string OSU quarterback, he kept working and learning throughout the course of the season. Jones epitomized Abe Lincoln’s quote that Coach John Wooden used frequently with his players. It reads, “Get yourself ready, and then, perhaps your chance will come.” When Jones got the call, after the injuries to his 2 quarterback teammates, he maximized the opportunity and led his team to the Big Ten title, a Sugar Bowl victory, and the National Championship! He certainly had himself ready!

This reminds me of the verse that is found in 2 Timothy 4:2 – Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine. As Christians, we should have ourselves ready all of the time to share Christ whenever the opportunity arises. Just as athletes must get mentally prepared and motivated in case they are called on, we need to be ready to give a kind word, share compassion, to encourage, and to exhort when needed.

I have known athletes that had opportunities to come off of the bench to play, but had not kept themselves ready in their daily practice routine. As a result, they failed because of their lack of daily focus and preparation. So often, that’s the way it is with us as Christians. If we don’t stay in the Word daily, we will never know what to say when people come our way and need the Gospel. We should always be “in season”. As the Bible says in I Peter 3:15- … always being ready to give an answer to every man that asks you for the reason of the hope that is in you.

Just like the athlete who must always be ready, we, as Christians, must always be prepared and available when our number is called! Get yourself ready!

National Association of Christian Athletes Celebrates 35 years

naca-35-yearsThis is the 35th anniversary year of the NACA. Over the years, NACA has developed into the top Christian school tournament in the United States. You can sign up now for our basketball tournaments in February and March, as well as our spring tournaments of Girl’s Soccer, Baseball, Softball, and golf. You can register on our web-site at: www.nacasports.net.

We would love to have you come to Dayton Mountain and be a part of our 35th annual NACA Championship Tournaments. If you have any questions, please call 423-775-0488 and ask for Travis, or you can e-mail him at travis@fbc-naca.org.

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Keith began his ministry at Fort Bluff Camp in July of 2012. He serves as the Assistant Camp Director after 40 years of coaching basketball. Keith has been inducted into the NCCAA Hall of Fame. Originally from Delton, Michigan, he has been in Christian ministry since 1978. His wife Judy is on staff at Fort Bluff as well.

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