Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Friday, October 28, 2011

To Win A Lot, You've Gotta Try A Lot!

Bret Favre
"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." Hebrews 11:7

In recent years, I have come to enjoy watching sports more and more. One of the things I like about it is that there is so much about life that is similar to what is played out on the courts and ball fields. 

For example, I was reading a list of NFL records and was amazed to see the multiple records held by retired quarterback, Bret Favre. It is interesting that he holds both the record for most passes completed in a career (6,300) and most touchdown passes in a career (508). That is impressive. But you know, many overlook the fact that he also holds the NFL record for most passes attempted in a career (10,169) and the most times sacked in a career (525). Therein lies a life lesson. If you want to win a lot, you have to be willing to try a lot!

Noah was called by God to do an amazing task. Though there is no record of him having any skill or experience in even building a canoe, the Lord chose Noah to build a boat that was 450 ft long, 75 feet wide and taller than a 3 story building. I am so impressed by the fact that Noah didn't question, complain or hesitate; he just started building. AND, not only did he build it, but he trusted the Lord enough to get on it. 

You know, the Lord will call you to do some amazing things in your life that you may think you are not equipped to do. But God doesn't want you to be afraid of those big tasks or even any opposition that may come against you. He wants you to trust Him and try your best. Don't let your fear of losing steal your chances of winning. Like Bret Favre & Noah, use the skills God has given you, stand tall on His promises even in the face of opposition, and TRY! 

Learn from what Bret Favre figured out. To Win A lot, You've Gotta Try A lot!


  1. This is so very true! This is what faith is all about. You get out there and do without worrying about failing. Too many people do not even try because they are too scared of failure. Well, if Noah had allowed his fears to keep him from building that Ark, none of us would be here. Have faith that you can do it! And, for the love of Jesus, ... try. If you fail, try again. Take the time to figure out why it did not work. Someone better at it than you? Terrific! Use that person as an inspiration and aim higher. Try again. There is always room for improvement in all of us. That is why we need to to fail sometimes, so we can learn and grow.

  2. Amen to your comments. Trying in the Lord is never failing in His eyes!.