If you have ever been a part of a sports team or watched one play, you know that athletes are very dedicated–particularly when it comes to the professional teams. If you look at a professional football player and study their life on and off the field, you will see that they are always working towards being a better football player. The way they eat, their workouts, their thoughts, all of it is focused on football with the end goal of becoming a more effective player and teammate.
This is how we are to be when it comes to our dedication to God. Every one of us here at Reckless Abandon Ministries knows that it is next to impossible to be 100% committed to anything. We know how difficult true dedication is. We understand this, but nonetheless we are asking you today to commit to this. Dedicate yourself to reading these articles and learning from them. We are not asking you to spend hours in your Bible every day or be like one of the professional football players I described above. If you’re like most of us, you don’t have hours upon hours of free time that you can spend in God’s Word, and that’s okay. We are merely asking that you read the challenges along with us and commit a period of 10-15 minutes each day to really digging into God’s Word and applying its message to your life.
But, as Travis shared yesterday, you won’t be able to do this alone. While he focused on the importance of accountability, I am going to direct your attention to the need for prayer.
Communication is vital in any relationship, and unsurprisingly, the same is true of our relationship with God. Yet, despite its importance, the need for prayer is unfortunately often overlooked, particularly by young people. We’re so confident in our own ability to do life that we forget we are breathing only by the will of our Creator. We literally cannot sustain even our own lives, and yet, we think we’re something special. Hear me loud and clear when I say that you will not get anything out of this challenge if you’re depending on your own strength. Thankfully, you don’t have to. You’ve got a God on your side that wants to talk with you, wants to do life alongside you, and wants to use this challenge to make you more like him.
Dedicate the month of November to God. Talk to him, and ask him to help you have the discipline necessary to stick with the #recklessabandonchallenge. Share your successes and even your failures with him as you seek to apply the challenges contained in each day’s article. Make prayer a priority.