Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Running the Wrong Way

Since football season is almost here, I want to tell you about one of the strangest plays in the history of college football. In the 1929 Rose Bowl, Roy Riegels, a University of California football player, picked up a fumble by Georgia Tech and started running toward the end zone. He raced 65 yards down the field until he was finally tackled on the 1-yard line. What’s strange is that he was being chased by his own teammate who tackled him so he wouldn't cross the goal line!

Why would a player on his own team tackle him? The reason was because Riegels got spun around after picking up the fumble, which sent him in the opposite direction. He was the only one in the entire stadium who didn’t know he was running toward the wrong goal line. He could hear the cheers of the crowd, but didn’t realize they were coming from the other team. A few plays later, Georgia Tech scored a safety and went on to win the game 8-7. Riegels has gone down in history as "Wrong Way Riegels."

Many people today are running toward the wrong goals in life. Some people are running after pleasure. Others are running after money or fame. They never realize that they've spent their entire life running in the wrong direction. Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."

The right goal in life is to love God will all our hearts and seek to please Him in all we do. "We have as our ambition ... to be pleasing to Him" (2 Cor. 5:9). So if you've been running in the wrong direction, don't get upset if someone on your own team tackles you. They're just trying to keep you from making a big mistake.

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