I had a great day of practice today. I trusted myself and trusted my instincts. That trust led to a good bit of success against the guys I competed against. Usually, on days like today, I leave feeling giddy – relieved that what I’m doing is finally working and excited that I’m making improvements. However, today’s on-field work against our offense had absolutely nothing to do with why today’s day at practice was so great. It’s what happened AFTER practice that made it special.
Today, 12 or so guys put their faith into action. As most people know, I go to Nigeria every summer to do medical mission work . I travel with over 30 medical professionals overseas and we spend two weeks in remote villages in Nigeria to serve people. But we can’t serve without medicine, and that’s where my team comes in. Some people heard about what was going on so they decided to help out. Jen, our team nutritionist, collected 681 bottles of multivitamins through a connection of hers. That’s 122,000 tablets. All donated by the folks over at Klean Athlete and all going straight to serve the people of Nigeria. That’s a lot of tablets. But that’s where my teammates come in.
Isaiah 58:10-11 says, “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
So that’s what we did. I called it Bible study, but I think a better name for that time would have been “faith in action.” A dozen or so guys showed up. All tired from a long day’s work, sore from the last few weeks, and with plenty of other obligations knocking on their door. But they showed up, and they stayed. And in a little over an hour, we packed up all 122,000 tablets, emptied them into ziplock bags so we could fit more, double bagged them, sorted them according to their kind, and didn’t complain. And cleaned all the trash when they were finished.
THIS was the highlight of my day. Seeing men who have it all giving to those who need it most. My prayer for them is the same as my prayer for you: that you would follow in Jesus’ footsteps and “pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted.” Just try God out and see if he doesn’t do what he says he’s gonna do. I can promise you he will.
Did I mention I had a great day at practice today?