"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, November 7, 2011

A High School Hero

The athletic ability of teenagers this day and age is absolutely amazing. They can hit multiple homeruns, rush for thousands of yards, and score hundreds of points in one season. Many of them skip college and join the ranking of professionals. When I was on the golf team in high school, there was a young man at a rival school who consistently shot three or four under par in every golf tournament. To this day I still don't know how he did it!

But even among all of the high school talent, in my mind there is one young man who stands head and shoulders above the rest, Rhett Gutierrez, quarterback for Standley Lake High School in Colorado. Gutierrez suffers from junior Macular Degeneration, diagnosing him as legally blind. But even with this setback, he has been playing quarterback for Standley Lake's shotgun offense. How? Gutierrez has memorized all of the routes for his receivers and running backs, and he can pass or hand off the ball as well as any player on the field. Now that's impressive!

As Christians, how much more "talented" would we be if we studied the word of God like Gutierrez studies the routes of his teammates? We don't have to memorize it word for word, but I'm quite confident we would gain a much better understanding of God's will for our lives if we digested it every day. The Psalmist wrote, "I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word." (Psalm 119: 14-16)

The problems and temptations of this world will continually keep us from focusing on what's truly important. But even when we can't "see", we must yearn for the word of God. It's a "lamp to our feet, and a light for our path" (Psalm 119:105), and it shines down the "narrow road that leads to life." (Matthew 7:14)