This past Wednesday, 8 women badminton players were kicked out of the Olympic games ... and it was not for doping (although what they did could qualify them as dopes!). Two Korean pairs and a pair from China and Indonesia all tried to LOSE their matches (and given that these pairs were playing each other ... it was tough to do so!). Why would Olympic athletes try to lose? All four teams were looking ahead. All figured that by losing they would receive a better draw for the next round and therefore an easier opponent. So ... in their minds, losing seemed the path to take toward their ultimate goal of winning! Unfortunately for them it was the wrong path to take!

How many of us are guilty of the same thing? When faced with a choice of two (or more) paths, we take the wrong one. There are many reasons for this ... but by far the number one reason is that we ignore God's Word. Given that the Bible is "a lamp to my feet and a light to my path," when we are deficient in our knowledge of Scripture and what it teaches we are setting ourselves up to stumble in the darkness and head down the wrong paths that life offers us.

So let me ask you some questions. How often do you open your Bible? When you do, what are your reading? Do you have a plan for Bible intake? Are you seeking to put into practice (Matthew 7:24-27) what you learn from God's Word?

I encourage you to set some time aside and read through Psalm 119. Note the writer's attitude toward God's Word. Ask God to give you the same passion for Scripture.

Thanks for stopping by . . .

P.S. - I am using M'Cheyne's Bible reading plan for this year. I have found it to be a real blessing!

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