Morning Coffee 8/19/14 Take Nothing For Granted And Don’t Back Down From Adversity

August 19, 2014


"Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone."(James 4:13-14 NLT)

Late one Sunday night I was watching TV I turned to ESPN. They were doing a special segment on Pete Frates, a former baseball player for Boston College. Two years ago he was diagnosed with ALS aka Lou Gehrig's disease.  If you have been following social media or any of the sports networks you seen many players’ coaches and teams take his ALS ice bucket challenge. but that is not the focus of this devotion.

This Young man once had a blossoming baseball career.  I'm sure he had plans to go into the pros. sadly that is not what has transpired. In the two years since his diagnosis his condition has rapidly declined. He can no longer walk, talk, or eat normally.  He is 100 percent reliant on his wife and a nurse to help him do the simplest of tasks. Only few years ago he was playing on field with his team.  But now He is confined to a wheelchair and has to communicate with the aid of a computer. Take nothing for granted, we don’t know what tomorrow hold.

The next point of this devotion is don't quit, when the road gets rough. "Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing."(James 1:2-4 NLT)

Pete could have gave up and fell into depression.  But he didn't, he rose to the challenge.  He began a campaign to draw attention to ALS and to help generate funds for a cure. He found out about the ice bucket challenge,  from a friend, and decided to challenge others to accept the challenge and draw attention to ALS. A challenge where you dump a bucket of ice water over  your head and donate to a cause He may not have started the ice bucket challenge but all over America people are taking the challenge and donating to the ALS foundation.  All because one man, refused to be subdued by his physical condition. Don't take anything for granted!  You don't know what tomorrow holds. Be great full and enjoy all that you are blessed with now. You may not have it tomorrow.  And when you find yourself in adverse situations don't lower your head in defeat!  No! Rise to the occasion, look to God for direction and continue the work He has commissioned for you. Just because we may lose certain abilities does not mean we quit doing what God called us to do. Change does not mean we stop. Change means we shift our self to the direction God wants us to Go. Take nothing for granted and don’t back down from adversity.


Much Love & God Bless







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