Motivational speaker Billy Zeoli spoke of the importance of being ready in life. He defined being ready as “the right person in the right place at the right time with the right thing to do and to say and doing it and saying it.” He referred to the Dallas Cowboys who were once in a playoff game and were trailing by 15 points going into the last two minutes. Cowboy coach Tom Landry turned to a young quarterback not too long out of the Navy named Roger Staubach. Staubach was not yet Dallas’ starting quarterback. In this critical situation Landry turned to Staubach sitting on the bench and said simply, ‘Roger, go in!” Many questioned this move, but Staubach said “I’m ready.” And he was. In the next one minute and fifty-seven seconds he led Dallas to two touchdowns and a field goal. Dallas won the playoff game because this young man fresh out of the Navy was ready to get off the bench and into the game.
We often speak of “windows” in life; that is, a short time of opportunity during which a given action will be successful and after which any action is useless. The older I get, the more I see this principle in my relationship with the Lord. Most of my life is spent in preparation (not necessarily “learning” but nevertheless “preparing”). Only a relatively small portion of my life is spent in “performance.” Why is it some people seem to accomplish so much in life while others do practically nothing? I am convinced that God has no favorites. He only uses those who are ready. I am not necessarily talking great world-shaking accomplishments here, but everyday words and acts that influence people.
Most of us are not ready because we are too wrapped up in ourselves to notice the needs of others. God attempts to draw us out of ourselves so that we can prepare for that time when we are called to go to the aid of another. For Christians, the biggest tragedy of life is having our hands so full of our own concerns so often that the people God sends to us come back without being touched. Ministry is everywhere and its broad boundaries necessitate the involvement of everyone. How sad it is that so few are ready when God says “Roger, go in!” Hope to see you this Sunday as the family prepares for ministry.
Senior Pastor of Cactus Christian Fellowship