Hello, My Name is ... God | Matthew 6:33
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
I’m sure he never realized the impact of his words, but I will never forget them. It was the night of a big game. The band was playing, the crowd was yelling, and it was deafening in our gymnasium. I was waiting with our team in the tunnel that led from the locker room to the court. I had stood in that tunnel with the adrenaline rushing many times as a player. But now, one year out of college, as the assistant coach at my high school alma mater, I still got goose bumps. Then he stopped by.
Faye O’Dell was our Athlete Director, and everyone knew where he stood with Christ. As he walked down the tunnel, he stopped and yelled in my ear, “Matthew 6:33.” The noise was so loud, I had to ask him to say it again, and he said it louder, “Matthew 6:33!” I have heard many sermons since that time and received tons of challenge and exhortation. But I have often wondered why that moment before a high school basketball game has remained so powerful in my life experience.
Maybe it was because a man I admired sought me out and spoke to me. Maybe my heightened adrenaline in the tunnel resulted in heightened memory retention. But maybe there was more. Maybe God was using that moment for a life lesson. Maybe he was telling me that I needed to seek him first when something else was causing an adrenaline rush. Maybe he was teaching me that I needed to seek him first, even in the excitement of crowd noise. Maybe he was telling me that while coaching was a great calling…it wasn’t the calling he had for me. Maybe he was telling me that I needed to seek him first whether in the “tunnels” or on the “courts” or on the “platforms” of my life. Maybe he was telling me that whatever had my attention at the moment should have all my attention at the moment.
Father, I want to thank you for that meeting with Mr. O’Dell. Help me to always seek your kingdom first. Help me to focus on the primary thing; and let you take care of all the secondary things in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.