The Perfect Game Plan: Rags-To-Riches

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Day 21

Go for transformation; don’t settle for reformation.

READ: Genesis 50:15-22

It was said that Brazilian football legend Garrincha should never have become a player. His legs differed in length significantly. His left foot curved outwards while his right one pointed inwards. His pediatrician thought that he would grow up a cripple. But Anjo de Pernas Tortas or “angel with bent legs” confounded everyone and became the best dribbler in football history, playing at the highest level and helping Brazil win the World Cup twice. His superb performance at the 1962 World Cup semi-final prompted the Chilean newspaper Mercurio to ask, “What planet is Garrincha from?” The story of this most unlikely of football stars was the classic rags-to-riches story.

Even more amazing is the story of Joseph. Despite being hated by his brothers, sold into slavery in a foreign land, accosted by his master’s wife, and imprisoned on trumped- up charges, he became Egypt’s prime minister and rescued his entire family from famine. Such stories chime with us because they reflect the greatest story of all—the story of God’s redemption of us.

For all his brilliance, Garrincha faded soon after his brief cameo on the world’s stage, but Joseph’s legacy lives on through his descendants today. He relied not on natural ability, a lucky break, or sheer determination but on God who was with him (Genesis 39:2). Do you feel life is unfair? Then do as Joseph did and let God do the rest.

World Cup Trivia
Which team considered as underdogs upset England one to nil in the first round of the 1950 FIFA World Cup finals?
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