Sunday, June 28, 2015

Running to the Wrong Goal

In the 1929 Rose Bowl, a University of California football player, Roy Riegels, picked up a fumble by Georgia Tech and raced 65 yards toward the end zone. He was tackled on the 1-yard line--by his own teammate.  Why did a player on his team tackle him? Because after picking up the fumble, Riegels had gotten turned around and was running toward the wrong goal line! 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 like Roy Riegels--running toward the wrong goals in life. Some people are running after pleasure. Others are running after money or fame. They never realize until it's too late that they've been heading 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 with all our heart 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 when people tackle you before you cross the goal line. They're just trying to do you a favor.

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