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Devotional - Sacked

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Devotional - Sacked

Arrogance is a strange disease that makes everybody sick, except for the person actually afflicted by it. Quotes Gram

After the 2013/2014 season amidst all the excitement of having arguably the greatest season in Michigan State football history, capturing the Big Ten championship, defeating Stanford in the Rose Bowl, ranked 3rd in the final national poll, and finishing 13-1, the Spartan Nation spent $24.5 million on renovations to their football player’s and coach’s facilities. That figure, while impressive, is not unusual, considering that the lockers in the Oregon Ducks recently finished facility cost nearly $26,000 apiece!

One of the finishing touches to the Michigan State renovation, like icing on the cake, was an impressive Plexiglas plaque at the entrance. This plaque extoled the greatness of MSU, and warned all challengers of the fate that awaits them should they choose to come Sparty’s way. And while the words on the plaque are inspiring, they aren’t exactly accurate.

Sentence number nine of the inscription reads, "With every acurate pass and with every single point we score...”. While the sentiment may be accurate, the word acurate” isn’t accurate.

Misspelling a word is a mistake of which we are all capable, yet isn’t it ironic that they were inaccurate with accurate?

I’m all in when it comes to motivating players and extolling the greatness of my team, but before I let myself get carried away, I might need to curb my enthusiasm a little, because it might backfire. Life’s Playbook cautions

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

 Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)

In the midst of all the excitement it’s easy to step out of bounds and move from a position of disciplined confidence to undisciplined pride and arrogance. This switch can be so seamless that we’re often unaware it’s happened.

The Game of Life has some truths embedded in it, truths that are real and inescapable, ones you can’t do an end run around. One of these truths is that when you play proud you invite two enemies on to your field: disgrace and destruction.

Disgrace and destruction are blind-siders, and late-hitters. They blitz unexpectedly. They’re impossible to game plan for because they give few, if any, tip offs as to when, where, or how they are going to attempt to blow you up. Pride opens the door. They’re coming. It’s inevitable.

The Spartans may have been sacked by disgrace, but you don’t have to be. Check your attitude and

Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up in honor. James 4:10 (NLT)

Swallowing your pride seldom leads to indigestion.

 Coach Strap