“Short Yard Specialist”

This afternoon I watched some of the Georgia/ Florida football. I say I watched some of it because our Senior/Lead Pastor reads this blog on occasion and I don’t want to admit I have watched every minute of it! 

I heard a term that I believe I have never heard before. They referred to one of the GA players as a “short yard specialist”. The Bulldogs were at 3rd and 3 and they gave the ball to the “short yard specialist”. They have a couple of guys they normally hand it off to who can average 7-9 yards a run. They have wide receivers that can go farther then that. However, their plan called for 3 yards so they look tho this guy. 

Tomorrow morning at 9:30 am I have the great opportunity of teaching the Word of God to our high school students. I will be teaching from the overflow of what I have been studying in the Bible and starting a series inspired by “In a pit with a Lion on a snowy day”.

There are a couple of students of whom I am praying for their salvation, there a couple I am praying they will step up and take their faith serious, and there are a few I pray will begin to have a hunger for the Word of God. There is something I would love to see happen in all of their lives. There are things I would like to see in my life.

Tomorrow I pray that I am at least a “short yard specialist”. I want to take every student at least 3 yards closer to where God would have them. Then I want them to come a few yards on the morning service, then a few more on Sunday night, then a few more on Thursday. Of course, I would love to see wide spread revival tomorrow among the teens. However, I remember how I gained in my spiritual life and it was 3 yards at a time. That is how I still grow today. I believe if I continue to see them gain then I will still be able to stay in the game and we will get where we need to be.

About the author

Trent serves as an Associate Pastor at Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. He writes, speaks, and helps lead events that encourage people to "pioneer" in the work of sending.

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