Congratulations to Coach Mike Krzyzewski for his 1000th win. As a Kentucky Wildcat Basketball fan, it’s difficult for me to pat him on the back when some of those victories were losses for my favorite basketball team.
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Few of us will make the headlines like Coach K, but we all have gifts and special work that God has prepared for us. Ephesians 2:10 For we were all his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared for us.
This is a picture of Terrian Lakes, a security officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. He walked through a blizzard to get to his post. Countless healthcare workers put their health at risk every day. A few make the news, such as the Ebola fighters, but most go unnoticed, even by the patients they serve.
Firemen and police officers put their lives at risk every day as do countless other first responders. You may be like me, and know that you don’t have what it takes to be that kind of hero, but there are many ways to make a ‘win’ for God.
I’ve recently learned of a program called, Room at the Inn. It all started in December 1986 when four churches in Nashville, TN opened their doors to the homeless. Their core values: Through the power of spirituality and the practice of love, we provide hospitality with a respect that offers hope in a community of non-violence.
Today there are over 180 congregations with over 6000 volunteers. I wonder how many thousands of homeless people have slept in a warm, safe environment, offered food and shown hospitality as a result of this program. One person saw a need, acted on an idea, and thousands have benefited.
Each of us has opportunities to make a “win” for the Lord every day. We can lift a prayer for a stranger, encourage someone who’s down, and offer a helping hand. We can do our unglamorous jobs to the best of our ability.
Someday, we will all be called to be accountable for our actions. 2 Corinthians, 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Consider the treasures you are storing up for yourself. Luke 12:15 “For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
As impressive as Coach K’s 1000 wins are, the more important achievement is the number of young people he’s mentored. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to say Coach K brought thousands to Christ? And maybe he has… but only God knows.
I want to live my life in such a way that there is rejoicing in heaven. Luke 15:10 “There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” I want to win hearts for Jesus. That’s the ‘wins’ that count.