“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 Peter 5:4
In 1989, the Detroit Lions held the third pick in the NFL Draft. With the third pick, the Lions had the opportunity to draft Deion “Prime Time” Sanders, the best defensive back to come out of college in a decade. Instead, they selected a compact running back from Oklahoma State named Barry Sanders.
It was a great pick! Sanders ran for a touchdown on his fourth carry. He also won the Rookie of the Year award. Overcoming the adversity of a small stature, Sanders became one of the greatest running backs of all time!
Sometimes the trial in front of us looks like a mountain of adversity. We see ourselves as too small or too young. We believe that we do not have enough education or financial backing. We see our limitations, rather than noticing the gospel opportunity in front of us. We see all the reasons we can’t do something, instead of recognizing that we have the Holy Spirit guiding us.
How have you been approaching the challenges in front of you with Gospel-centered, Spirit-empowered confidence? God has called His followers to overcome any adversity they face, so that we might bring Him glory!
Father, help me to look beyond my human limitations. Grant me the courage to overcome the adversity in my life. Help me to follow the Spirit’s leading in my life so that I might be used for your Kingdom purposes. Amen.
FOR FURTHER READING
1 John 5:1-5