Verse of the Day


"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

~James 1:22


Today's Devotional Thought

May 08, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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Do What it Says

I mentioned yesterday that I was reading Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt's latest book. It is a memoir of sorts and tells of her life, both personal and public, and describes her philosophy of coaching in her words. I am simply captivated by her life story and her philosophy of coaching young women to excellence. As I read her approach to life and coaching, I was so struck by how useful her principles are to our walks with the Lord.

As she described her development as a coach, she writes about an revelation that she had that regarding her job as a motivator and coach. Early in her career she realized that she could not really "control" the players once they were in a game situation. Unlike a practice where she could stop the play, walk on the court, and physically move someone into the right position, she had to stay on the sidelines during a game and just hope that she had taught them enough to do it on their own. She realized early on that her job as a coach was to teach them in practice, in the locker room, and in the huddle to make good, wise decisions in the game. And this teaching all hung on their desire to do it for real.

They had to do it in the game.

She couldn't do it for them.

She could mentor them, talk to them, teach them, inspire them, and love them. But, they had to make the decisions and the actions in the game.

She writes,

I told them, "I will help you if you work with me. But you have to buy into what Iím teaching. I'll give you the tools to put you in the position to win. But then you have to walk through that door. I'll get you to that point - then you have to take those final steps."

As I read those words, I just pictured Jesus saying the same thing to us. Telling us that he will give us the tools to put us in the position to be the most successful we can be for him, but we have to walk in them. We have to do what he says.

James 1:22 warns us to not just listen to the Word, but to do what it says.

We have to do it.

We can read the Bible, listen to great speakers, and have a motivating talk with an accountability partner, but ultimately, we have to take the step to walk in His Word.

We must obey.

In the game of life, with our ultimate Coach right there instructing us and guiding us and encouraging us, we have to choose to make the right decisions that will lead to the abundance he promises if we only obey.

He can't do it for us. He wants us to do it.

Friends, I pray that you feel empowered to walk in obedience today. No matter what the situation is, I pray that you listen to the Lord's voice and follow him. Like James tells us, I pray that you not just listen to the Word, but do what it says. Walk through the door towards the life that God has for you, by listening to his instruction and doing it.


Memorize this verse today:

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
~James 1:22



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