“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
– Psalm 107:9
As coaches, we love for our athletes to be hungry! If you’re the coach of teenage athletes, you know they’re always hungry, but that’s not the kind of hunger I’m talking about. We want our teams filled with young men and women who will not settle for being average. We want athletes who are always striving to get better. We grow frustrated with lazy athletes who refuse to push themselves or those around them to keep striving for the next level. We love the athlete who pushes to improve with each repetition of a drill or each play of a competition. You can easily spot the hungry athlete. They refuse to give up, give in, or give out. More times than not, their efforts are rewarded.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we too should be hungry! We should get up each and every day with a hunger to know Jesus more. We should never be content with our past efforts. We should be striving daily to learn and understand everything we can about God’s love for us. I’m energized being around those who have a hunger and thirst to grow in their faith. I feed off their energy and enthusiasm. When I’m lazy in my faith or when I’m around others who fail to give their all, my energy is drained and it’s easy to fall into a sense of hopelessness and despair. You can easily spot the hungry Christ-follower. They refuse to give up, given in, or give out. More times than not, their efforts are rewarded too.
Heavenly Father, keep me hungry today. From the time I get up in the morning, to the time I go to bed at night, I want to do all I can to know You better. Amen.