The Perfect Game Plan: Never Grow Old

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Day 30

It’s quality, not longevity, that matters in life.

READ: Psalm 102:25-27

It is estimated that the average playing life of a professional footballer is 8 years. With today’s advances in sports science and medicine, that period can be extended beyond 10. Even so, it is fleetingly short. A reckless tackle or an awkward fall can put paid to a promising career.

Players come and go but none last for long. However, there is Someone who lives forever, whose power and creativity do not diminish with time, and who is unchanging and dependable. How is this possible when even supremely talented athletes will eventually lose their edge? Surely there are no timeless wonders that can maintain their prime forever?

Jesus, the Son of God, is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). According to Colossians 1:15-20, He is the image of the invisible God, the Creator of all things, and the center of the universe. By His power the world is sustained and held together. He enjoys unrivaled supremacy and is perfect in love and righteousness. Best of all, He promises life everlasting to all who believe in Him (1 John 2:25).

Our own aging body is a constant reminder that we need Someone who remains the same forever. This Someone’s name is Jesus. When our time on earth is over, all who trust in Him will head to His world where we never grow old.

World Cup Trivia
Which FIFA World Cup finals used the most venues to stage the games? Which team made it to the final three times but lost on each occasion? In the history of the World Cup, who was the highest scorer in a single match? In which World Cup finals was the “sudden death” (“golden goal”) rule introduced?
Did you know…
that the oldest footballer who debuted in a FIFA World Cup was David James from England? He was 39 years old when he played against Algeria in 2010.
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