I Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:  and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”

Today is the iconic annual Army-Navy football game (Go Navy! Beat Army! – my wife teaches at the Naval Academy so please excuse the bias).  While the quality of football varies year-to-year, there are few more impressive spectacles in the world of sports.

Earlier this year, a very rare thing happened in college football.  At the Naval Academy’s first game, they pulled their fourth string quarterback from the stands to play in the game.  Midshipmen Malcom Perry started the game in his dress white uniform in the stands, not dressing because he had been sick that week.  Due to a string of injuries and suspensions, the coach tracked down Perry in the stands after the game had begun and had someone run to the campus to get his uniform and his pads.  By the end of the third quarter, Perry was in the game and leading the team on a 90-yard drive ending in a touchdown.  What a rapid change of circumstances for the freshman, who seized the opportunity that he was unexpectedly given.  He transitioned well from the stands to the game.

Christians need to be ready for opportunities that come our way to make an impact for the Lord.  We need to pray for such opportunities.  We need to be always ready.

PLEASE PRAY FOR CHRISTIAN OPPORTUNITIES TO TURN SURPRISES INTO SUCCESSES.  We never know when something unexpected will come our way.  We must be always ready to transition from the stands to the game.

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