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Work for it Daley!!

Hey guys! What's up! Here we are again, another GLJ blog. For this blog I'm gonna write about one of the big changes in my life when I started high school. If you don't know me that well, I play football at Fallbrook High School. this last season was my first time ever playing. The last sport I'd played had been soccer when I was like 9. Back then I hadn't really understood sports, or the idea of being competitive, or aggressive, or anything. But, as it turns out, I really enjoy football! It's fun, and it's a good way for me to get some aggression out without getting in trouble for it. Once I figured out what I was doing, I had a blast.

when you play football one of the things that you hear every day, is the head Coach yelling something along the line of, "Common!!! Lemme see you work!!!". In football, it's all about work. How much work you put in. when we are lifting weights, and we record our maxes (how heavy we can lift) Coach is right there. One of his favorite phrases is "You gotta work for it!" Nothing good comes easy, so you better be willing to work. You have to push yourself to be better. When you are trying to be the best player you can be, the coaches are always pushing you. "Common Daley! Work for it! Show me that you want it!"

You gotta prove that you are tough, that you can do it. You have to work to get yourself to the top. Sometimes, we think about God like that. I know I have. We want to Work our way up to heaven. Or we think that if we work hard enough, and show God that we really want it, and prove ourselves to him, that we'll get into heaven. Especially with football, I had to remind myself, God doesn't need to see how strong you are. You don't need to push yourself to try and impress him, or to prove yourself ready. Ephesians 2: 8-9 says "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." God's love and forgiveness is a gift, and none of our works make a difference.

That's not to say that you shouldn't try to improve. Do not take this as a way to get out of God's work. James 2:14-22 addresses this. It says, "faith by itself, if it does not have orks, is dead." Our works don't get us together, but because God forgives us, and loves us, we should do works for others. Alright, I'm gonna make another football analogy. When you play football, you're constantly trying to better yourself. Every day you push yourself a little bit harder, make yourself a little bit stronger, a little bit faster. Our relationship with God is kinda like that. We aren't trying to better ourselves physically, but we need to build on our relationship with God. Every Day try to improve become closer. Little bits at a time. After a while it all adds up to a lot. When you train for football, you want things to become instinct. you practice the same routes, you practice tackling, you practice rushing. You do the drills over and over again, so that in a game it all comes naturally. That's why things like reading your bible are so important, as silly as it sounds. If you are in the word, and strong in your faith, when the enemy strikes, everything will come by instinct, because you'll have it all in you heart. It's no coincidence that when Satan tried to tempt Jesus, Jesus responded with scripture that shut down the devil's plots.

Hang in there guys! We'll get through this quarantine together! Rock on!

-Sean



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