Two things struck me while listening to Coach Dungy after the Colts won Superbowl XLI.
- Priorities: Shortly after winning Dungy remarked something to the effect, “As great as this is, there are more important things in life.” Now that demonstrates priorities that have been crafted by years of walking with the Lord and going through some very tough storms.
- Perseverance: Dungy has been in the football business for 30 years, but it took all the experiences of 30 years to achieve a Superbowl victory. Inherent in perseverance is a tempered urgency that understands that each day counts. There is no way Dungy could have succeeded if he decided to waste those years.
But how often do Christians have the attitude, “I’ll get serious about my faith after college / after getting married / after having children / etc.” ? Do we think we can somehow reclaim those pivotal years? If we want to grow in our faith, we need to be faithful in the small things today and the next day and the next day.
True greatness is refined in the steady fire of the furnace of life, not in the flash of a pan.