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Week 13 Bible Reading: Philippians 3:1-21


There is one thing I always do: I forget the things that are past. I try as hard as I can to reach the goal that is before me. - Philippians 3:13–14 ICB

Students at a large university have a clever way of irritating op- posing basketball players during free throws. They place a “cur- tain of distraction” behind the basket. Just before the free-throw attempts, the students open the curtain to show things like dancing unicorns or a lion wearing a tutu. Once, it was US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps wearing his gold medals while pretending to swim.

The player missed both free throws.

These fun antics can remind us of how Satan distracts us. Some- times he uses good things. For example, there is nothing wrong with many video games. But when they suck up our time and distract us from Jesus, that’s not good. Maybe it’s a sport that we spend all of our time playing, so that we're ignoring other good things we should do.

We all need to press on toward being godly and caring for others.

Sure, we can do fun things, but they should not distract us from the best things. Keep your eyes on Jesus!

Fun Fact

A guy named Blake Ahearn has the best free-throw shooting percentage in NCAA college basketball history. Playing for Missouri State from 2004 to 2007, he had a percentage of .9457. He made 435 out of 460 free throws. He played in nineteen games in the NBA (Miami, San Antonio, and Utah).

Just You and God

I love to have fun, Lord. And I really want to serve you. Can you help me balance those two things in my life?

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