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Fresh Start Devotionals

July 19


During the 2000–01 Football Season, Tampa Bay wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson made headlines before a game with his former team, the New York Jets. When Keyshawn was traded, his starting place in the New York lineup was given to the smaller and slower Wayne Chrebet.

Johnson contrasted himself with his former teammate in the October 2, 2000 edition of Sports Illustrated by saying, “You’re trying to compare a flashlight to a star. Flashlights only last so long. A star is in the sky forever.” Yet when the two teams met on the field, the flashlight shone brighter. The star, Keyshawn Johnson, caught only one pass for minimal yardage while the flashlight, Wayne Chrebet, caught the game winning pass with fifty-two seconds left in regulation. Perhaps Johnson’s comments motivated Chrebet to reach new heights in his game. They certainly didn’t do anything for Johnson.

Johnson isn’t the first athlete to learn that his performance on the field always gets the last word. Don’t get me w…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 19

Words and Music by Charles A. Tindley, 1851–1933
  Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5)
“Put all your troubles in a sack, take ’em to the Lord, and leave ’em there.” These good words of advice were given by Charles Tindley, the distinguished black Methodist pastor from Philadelphia, to one of his worried parishioners. It was the spark that prompted the pastor to develop this thought and pen the words and music of this familiar gospel hymn in 1916.
Charles H. Spurgeon, the noted English Baptist pastor, once gave this similar advice: “If you tell your troubles to God, you put them into the grave. If you roll your burden anywhere else, it will roll back again.”
We will never be able to escape the troubles that life brings, but we can always turn to the Lord for strength and deliverance and then … “leave it there.” When we cannot calmly leave our burdens and af…