The Perfect Game Plan: Opportunities Abound

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Day 27

From the soil of problems comes the growth of life.

READ: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Homare Sawa, Japan’s captain for the FIFA 2011 Women’s World Cup tournament in Germany, not only drove her team to become world champions but also personally collected the competition’s Golden Boot award.

Coming from behind, Japan found the extra leg to even up the score deep into the second half, pushing the match into penalty kicks and finally emerging as winners over a powerful USA squad. When asked later about Japan’s secret to success, she put it down to teamwork and a never-give-up spirit.

Some people have long given up on God. They accuse Him of not being there when they need Him most. Where was He when crisis and pain struck? Why didn’t He respond to their desperate cry for guidance, wisdom, and faith? He had His chance, but He proved unreliable at best and nonexistent at worst.

The Japanese exploited the opportunities that came their way as their opponents tired. The lesson is simple: If we ask God for faith, He will give us the opportunity to practice faith and grow in it. If He gives us a handicap, He will create situations or send people into our lives, and we can learn to turn it into an advantage. That was what Paul learned in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, and that is how we learn as well.

Remember, when problems arise, to look out for God-sent opportunities!

World Cup Trivia
Why didn’t Argentina participate in the 1950 World Cup? What was the name of the match ball in the 2010 World Cup? The name “Nadal” is not associated with tennis alone. Who is the Spanish player who has played in three World Cup finals and shares the same name? Which team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup did not score a goal?
Did you know…
that in the contest to choose the new Brazilian uniform, the selected design was submitted by a fan from Uruguay?
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