The game has begun. The clock is running. It is all on the line. An athlete recognizes things like this in a game setting. A true and dedicated athlete will put everything they have on the field in order to have a good game for their team and hopefully secure a victory. In our walk with God we should be able to have that same mindset. When the clock starts and our lives on earth begin we have to keep the goal in mind. David Beckham of the L.A. Galaxy is a shining player in the MLS; do you think he has to work on his game and be dedicated? Absolutely! That goes for us as well. We should strive to be better in our walk with the Lord. A good athlete memorizes plays, and executes them on the field. We, as Christ followers, should be challenged to do that as well. The Bible is the playbook and the coach has written out the plays. Our spiritual callings in life are like individual plays for us in the playbook. If we want to succeed (“Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.” Matthew 25: 21) we need to make that our focus. Our faith however is not simply a game. It is what defines who we are. If we want to be a pleasing servant to the Lord, we should be like that player that shows up five minutes early to practice and stays five minutes later just to get a couple of extra chances to improve. Like Beckham on the field, we should know where our team is and be able to play as one with them. In the same way, we should be in tune with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We should all be pushing for the same goal (“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision – you’ll see it yet!” Matthew 3:15). Although soccer has half time, our lives do not. We need to be ready to play at all times. We need to be ready to put it all on the line and give it everything we have got! The clock is ticking and the game will soon be over, are you giving it your all to push toward the ultimate goal?