Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
On October 18, 2002, Jake Porter, 17, was a member of the Northwest High football team in McDermott, Ohio. Jake was born with chromosomal fragile X syndrome, a common cause of mental retardation. He couldn't read or write, but he loved football and he faithfully attended every practice. Northwest coach Dave Frantz wanted to do something special for Jake. So before the game on October 18, against Waverly High, Frantz called his friend Derek Dewitt, the head coach at Waverly. Frantz suggested that both teams allow Jake to run one play at the end of the game, assuming the game wasn't on the line. Jake would get the ball and take a knee, and the game would end. So, with Waverly leading 42-0 and five seconds left in the game, Frantz called a timeout.
Jake trotted out to the huddle, and the two coaches met at midfield. But a disagreement broke out between the coaches. Waverly's Dewitt wanted Jake to score a touchdown, not merely take a knee. Dewitt called his defense over and said, "They're going to give the ball to number 45. Do not touch him! Open up a hole and let him score! Understand?" The ball was snapped and Jake was about to kneel when his teammates stopped him and told him to run. Suddenly, the Waverly defense parted like peasants for the king and cheered him to the end zone. Players on both sidelines held their helmets to the sky and whooped. Jake had the run of his life, scoring the touchdown heard round the world, all because of Dewitt's unselfish decision: "I want him to score."
Like coach Dewitt, God has high purposes for each of us. He wants us to score a touchdown. Will you score your touchdown today? Will you be the tool that helps somebody else score a touchdown?
Dear Lord, thank You for the great plans You have for our life. Help us seek and follow you today and all of your life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.