January 1
February 1 BE CAREFUL

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.
1 Corinthians 10:12

One of the most memorable things I have seen is at the end of games when a team thinks they have it won and relax and lose the game on the last play. Joy is turned to stunned disbelief and then horror as they ask themselves how did this happen. It should serve as a warning to us all. We have an enemy who is waiting to defeat us and is looking for an opening. The moment we relax or ignore him, he will attack. Then we too will wonder how did this happen. It all begins when we let down our guard. Remember the games not over till the final whistle. Are you on your guard?

Exodus 29:1-30:10
Matthew 26:14-46
Psalms 31:19-24
Proverbs 8:14-26

February 2 THE CREDIT

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Many athletes dream of the moment that they will stand on the field after making a great play and hear the crowd stand and cheer. I have also noticed at these moments, many athletes first acknowledge God and then the crowd. Why would they do this? Because of any ability they have, God’s health is all given to them, and he deserves the credit for it. Have you had some victories in your life? First, acknowledge God and give Him credit He deserves. You couldn’t have done it without Him. Who gets the credit in your life?
Exodus 30:11-31:18
Matthew 26:47-68
Psalms 32:1-11
Proverbs 8:27-32

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February 3 Teamwork

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:4

How many times, when faced with decisions, does the thought come to mind, “What about me?” By nature, we always want to put ourselves first. It doesn’t take any extra thought or effort. It’s easy. This type of thinking is destructive. A team works together for a common good, with each filling a specific role. A true “team player” is concerned about the other members of the team more than himself. Have you asked yourself, “What about the team?”
Genesis 24:52-26:16
Matthew 8:18-34
Psalms 10:1-15
Proverbs 3:7-8

January 1
February 4

The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
Luke 2:40

Athletes know that they have to exercise all of their body to create a healthy balance and to provide for better overall performance. No one wants to fail because they didn’t take care of themselves.
The Bible tells us that Jesus grew physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He is our role model. If we only focus on one part of our lives, we will eventually suffer because of our lack of balance. We all want to perform well for a long time, and a balanced life will help us get there. What part of your life do you need to work on?

Exodus 34:1-35:9
Matthew 27:15-31
Psalms 33:12-22
Proverbs 9:1-6


And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.
Hebrews 10:24

In sports, it is common to see a teammate go over and put his arm around or talk to another player who has just made a bad play or missed an easy shot. The purpose is so that the player knows that his team is still with him and to be encouraged so that he will do better on his next opportunity.
What a great picture of Church!
When someone is struggling, we should put our arms around them and let them know they are still part of the team and encourage them to walk in love and do good works. We should all do this because tomorrow we may be the one who needs the encouragement.

Exodus 35:10-36:38
Matthew 27:32-66
Psalms 34:1-10
Proverbs 9:7-8

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February 6 CAN’T STOP LOVE

Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:8

If you play sports long enough, you will have one of those days when everything goes wrong. Nothing seems to work right, and you can’t wait for the game to be over so you can get out of there. No matter how bad the game was, the team goes to the locker room together, and if it’s a road game, travel back home together. They don’t think about being on another team.
They have hope for the future.
True Christian love is this way.
No matter how bad the day we are still on the same team. We truly have hope for the future because we are on His team. Is your hope in Christ?

Exodus 37:1-38:31
Matthew 28:1-20
Psalms 34:11-22
Proverbs 9:9-10

January 1
February 7 TEAMWORK

Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:3

It is said of teams that win championships that they have a “bond” or that they “bought-in” to the system of play. We sometimes act as if that is something that is beyond our control.
According to God, unity is something that we can control. God would not ask us to have unity if it is something we have no control over.
God’s Word clearly states that whether we have unity or not is up to us. This verse teaches us that we should be working at having and maintaining unity. We won’t accomplish much without it. Are you bringing people together or pushing them apart?

Genesis 26:17-27:46
Matthew 9:1-17
Psalms 10:16-18
Proverbs 3:9-10

February 8 LISTEN UP

Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, and give attention that you may gain understanding.
Proverbs 4:1

When a team gathers around their coach, they sit in silence and listen. They trust in their coach and expect to hear from him words that will help them play the game. When he finishes, they get up and usually go to do what they were asked to do. Why is it that we are quick to hear from a coach, but sometimes don’t pay attention to our parents or our church leaders? I know that my parents and Church leaders care more about me than any coach I ever had. So we need to listen up so we can enthusiastically do what we were asked to do.
Are you listening to those people God has placed in your life?

Exodus 39:1-40:38
Mark 1:1-28
Psalm 35:1-16
Proverbs 9:11-12

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February 9 GOOD TIMES

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

The sounds of laughter and teasing break tension in the air. We all want to be part of a team that likes each other and has a good time together. When a team is united behind one purpose, this is the result. They look forward to spending time together. As Christians, we all have one goal as well.
Knowing that we are all on the same team with one purpose should make being together an enjoyable time. If we don’t enjoy being together, we should ask ourselves, am I focusing on the right purpose for my life? Do you enjoy time with other Christians?

Leviticus 1:1-3:17
Mark 1:29-2:12
Psalms 35:17-28
Proverbs 9:13-18

January 1
February 10 TEAMWORK

An argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.
Luke 9:46

This group was a group of guys who had lived together, worked together, faced danger together, seen, and done miracles together. This wasn’t just a bunch of nobodies. Jesus had called them, and their names are immortalized in the Bible. This story is probably one part they would like to have left out of scripture. We are all vulnerable at times to want recognition for what we have done.
Jesus told them the way to recognition with God is by serving others, not by doing great works. Next time you want recognition for what you have done, ask yourself, “Who am I serving?”

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Genesis 28:1-29:35
Matthew 9:18-38
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 3:11-12

February 11 GOOD COMPANY

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 13:20

One of the most significant resources on any team is an experienced player who will take the time to teach the younger players what he has learned. His efforts will help these younger players to perform better and will have wisdom beyond their experience. It is always better to learn from someone else’s mistakes than to make them all yourself. As Christians, we should spend time with more mature Christians so that we can become wise ourselves. With this wisdom, we will then be able to teach those who have just been saved. Who are you spending time with?
Leviticus 4:1-5:19
Mark 2:13-3:6
Psalm 36:1-12
Proverbs 10:1-2

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February 12 BAD COMPANY

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 13:20

I have seen athletes with promising careers choose the wrong kind of friends and end up losing it all.
Instead of making lots of money and enjoying the sport, they love they end up in jail or even dead. We say what a waste, what a tragedy. Look at your friends and ask yourself, what direction in life are they heading? If they are going in the wrong direction, are they taking you with them? We should make sure we are going in the right direction and taking others with us. Don’t be close friends with someone who will bring you down. Are your friends lifting you up or bringing you down?

Leviticus 6:1-7:27
Mark 3:7-30
Psalms 37:1-11
Proverbs 10:3-4

January 1
February 13 TEAMWORK

And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.
Acts 2:44-45

These verses are a beautiful picture of teamwork. They shared and sacrificed for each other. No one had to make them do this. They enjoyed each other’s company and spent lots of time together. People were willing to share with each other. Others were able to do more and sacrificed what they had so that they could give to others. One right way to check how you feel about your teammates or your fellow Christians would be to ask yourself, “Do I share with and sacrifice for others?”

Genesis 30:1-31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15


Depart from evil and do good, So you will abide forever.
Psalm 37:27

Even good players can develop bad habits from time to time. When the problem has been identified, they spend time with the coach to correct this.
The first step is to stop doing the wrong thing. The second step is to replace it with the right thing. The coach knows that if you don’t replace the wrong thing with the right thing, we will go back. In our Christian lives, we should replace our bad habits with good habits. Many times we time to quit the bad habits without replacing them, and we just go back. The Bible says that when we replace bad habits with the good ones, we will be blessed. What habits need to change in your life?

Leviticus 7:28-9:6
Mark 3:31-4:25
Psalms 37:12-29
Proverbs 10:5

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The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Proverbs 12:15

The best coach in the world can’t help some players. It just doesn’t seem to matter what you do; they won’t listen. They are heading down a road that leads to nowhere, yet they think they know what they are doing. They would argue and tell you that everything will be all right. Eventually, they end up off the team, and sometimes they still can’t see why. It’s even worse when it’s not in sports but in life. Worse things can happen than not being on a team anymore. We should ask ourselves, am I teachable? Am I open to correction? As a follower of Christ, this is an absolute must. The big question is, will you take the teaching and apply?
Leviticus 9:7-10:20
Mark 4:26-5:20
Psalms 37:30-40
Proverbs 10:6-7

January 1
February 16 WHEN TO BE QUIET

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 21:23

It is common these days to see athletes and coaches trying to apologize and explain why they said what they said. This takes a lot of time and energy, and in the end, people will remember what they said that was wrong. Some players have learned and are now careful about what they say. One of the wisest things we can do as Christians is to think before we speak.
We can save ourselves lots of headaches if we would just do this. Also, we need to consider God’s reputation, as well. Knowing when to be quiet can save us all a lot of trouble. Do you think before you speak?

Leviticus 24:1-25:46
Mark 10:13-31
Psalms 44:9-26
Proverbs 10:20-21

February 17 TEAMWORK

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
Luke 10:17

We love to celebrate victories. The disciples were returning from seeing demons cast out through the power of Jesus. They were happy. They were joyful. Jesus listened to the good news that they were celebrating. He never told them not to celebrate. He just told them to celebrate the right thing. Jesus said the power was not such a big deal.
Jesus said the thing we should celebrate is that we are going to be in heaven. Are you going to be in heaven? If so rejoice, you have a reason to celebrate. Have you celebrated today?

Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18

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But I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:27

We have all heard the sad stories of people who, through hard work, discipline, and ability, have risen to the top of the athletic world, the political world, or any area only to have it all come crashing down around them as some secret gets out. They go from being famous to being infamous.
From being the first person, everyone wants to talk to, to being excluded from the conversation. When people talk about you, it is no longer about your achievements, but your failure. They have risen to the top only to fall back down again. Is there something in your life that would disqualify you?

Genesis 32:13-34:31
Matthew 11:7-30
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 3:19-20

January 1
February 19 ARE YOU WISE?

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Proverbs 12:15

Have you ever noticed that the player who works with a coach the most improves faster than other players? Taking the time to listen and improve your performance is the mark of a good player. It is also wise. The Bible tells us this. Notice it doesn’t say he who hears counsel is wise. It’s the one who hears it and then changes his life to match it that is wise. We all need someone knowledgeable like a coach to speak into our lives. Look for that person and then take their wisdom and improve your life. Then you, too, will be wise. Who’s counsel are you following?

Leviticus 11:1-12:8
Mark 5:21-43
Psalms 38:1-22
Proverbs 10:8-9


Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Proverbs 10:4

The person with the most talent may not be the best player on your team. Sometimes, because of their lack of effort, they hurt the team. I have seen teams play better after the most talented player comes off the field. It is a waste when someone with enormous talent does nothing with it.
Eventually, they end up with little when they could have had so much if they had just worked at it. The Bible teaches us that the surest way to poverty is not to work hard. You can get by for a while without hard work, but eventually, it leads to lack. Are you working hard?

Leviticus 13:1-59
Mark 6:1-29
Psalms 39:1-13
Proverbs 10:10

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But I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
1Corinthians 9:27

Talent can get you to the top, but only character will keep you there. This is true in all fields of life. Knowing this, we should pay as much attention to our character as to developing our athletic abilities. Most people give very little thought to their character. The wisdom of the Bible teaches us to focus on our character because only through this can we achieve lasting success. It requires effort and self-discipline to develop character, but it will benefit us all of our lives even after our talent fades.
Are you working on building a godly character in your life?

Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26

January 1
February 22 YOUR DUTY

Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich
Proverbs 10:4

I also have seen people who weren’t as talented athletes as others achieve success due to their hard work. It wasn’t just a day, a week, or even a season that made all the difference for them. They have spent years working hard, and now they are enjoying their rewards. We all admire their success and credit their work, but how many of us are willing to pay that price? This kind of continual effort pays off in our spiritual life as well. To know God well and enjoy His presence requires a consistent walk with Him.
We will never regret the time we have invested with God. Are you spending regular time with God?

Leviticus 14:1-57
Mark 6:30-56
Psalms 40:1-10
Proverbs 10:11-12

February 23 HOW’S YOUR LIFE?

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Philippians 1:27

When a team travels, they are reminded that wherever they go and whatever they do, they are representing that team. The expectation is that their behavior will speak well of their team and the city it represents. It only takes a few minutes of poor behavior to ruin a reputation. As Christians, we have an even more important obligation because we represent the King of Kings. People will form their opinions about Him based on what they see from us.
Knowing this, we should always be aware that it would only take a few minutes of selfishness for people to think poorly of our God. So, How’s Your Life?

Leviticus 15:1-16:28
Mark 7:1-23
Psalms 40:11-17
Proverbs 10:13-14

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7

So many times, we are quick to judge an athlete by their appearance. We have often been disappointed using this process because what we saw on the outside wasn’t what we saw when they played. The truth is, it’s more important what is going on in the inside that truly counts. We need to focus on developing our character because that is what will make us successful or cause us to fail. God looks at our character, not our appearance. So let’s focus on developing what is on the inside. Do you spend as much time on your character as you do on your appearance?
Genesis 37:1-38:30
Matthew 12:22-45
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 3:27-32

January 1

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
1 Corinthians 6:19

Athletes are expected to take care of their physical bodies because it is the tool they use to do their work. In their contracts are specific rules about things they can and cannot do. They accept these restrictions in order to reap the rewards of being on that team.
As Christians, we are now on God’s team. There are tremendous rewards for being on His side. He also has restrictions on what we can and cannot do based on His knowledge of what would be best for us. He never limits us to keep us from anything good. He only seeks to free us up to enjoy the best. Is the way you are living pleasing to God?

Leviticus 16:29-18:30
Mark 7:24-9:10
Psalms 41:1-13
Proverbs 10:15-16


Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15

One of the expectations of an athlete is to learn the rules of the game. To be a productive player, one must know what is acceptable and what is not.
The more prominent rules are easier, but it takes time and effort to learn all of the things you need to know to play well.
As a Christian, if I am going to live well, I need to spend time learning how to live. It’s not just things not to do; it’s also things we should do. To live an approved life will require time and effort, but it also comes with many rewards. Are you spending time?

Leviticus 19:1-20:21
Mark 8:11-38
Psalms 42:1-11
Proverbs 10:17

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A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.
Proverbs 22:1

Throughout sports history, from time to time, teams have been caught cheating. There were willing to take shortcuts to win a trophy. Now they don’t have the trophy, and they also are known as cheaters.
Now that their reputation is ruined, that doesn’t seem like such a good idea. As Christians, we should value a good reputation over having great wealth.
Avoid questionable methods that can harm our reputations and also that of the God we claim to serve. The value of a good reputation will bless our families and us for a long time. Does your lifestyle honor God?

Leviticus 20:22-22:16
Mark 9:1-29
Psalms 43:1-5
Proverbs 10:18

January 1

Do all things without grumbling or disputing;
Philippians 2:14

One way to tell how well a team is playing is by listening to them talk. When you hear a lot of complaining by the players and the team will go downhill. The reason for this is the person complaining is saying that he knows better than the coach or the other players what is best. That disrupts all the chemistry that a team has.
This is also true in life. When a person complains, they are saying that they know better than God what is best for their lives. When you believe this, you will continue to make choices that will hurt you. When you open your mouth, is it to praise or complain?

Genesis 39:1-41:16
Matthew 12:46-13:23
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 3:33-35


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