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"That the generation to come might know Him..." Psalm 78:6

Encouragement in Athletics Blog



November 03, 2017
By Ronnie Plyler

When I was a young boy, I remember this stray dog that showed up at our house. My grandmother, who lived with us, did not like the dog so I tried to make it leave by shooting it with a BB gun…it didn’t work. The dog stayed, we named him “Flip”, and he lived at our house for nearly 20 years. I taught Flip to shake, speak, sit and stay. He loved to eat, therefore taking a few treats and using those to help him learn, was fun and easy…except for the “stay” part. He didn’t do well in that skill.

An amazing revelation takes place in Joshua chapter 4. The historical account is one that motivates us to lead. Before crossing the Jordan River and entering the Promised Land of God, Joshua called individuals from the 12 tribes to gather a stone. These stones were to be placed on the other side of the Jordan river so when the children asked about the stones, adults would tell the generations that the stones were a reminder of the deliverance, as the Lord lead the people across the Jordan River.

According to this historical account in the Bible, the priest who carried the ark had to step into the water first. This act of faith would cause the waters to dam up on each side. And, just as it was in the days of Moses with the Red Sea, God would part the waters opening a new land to the Israelites.

Next, the 12 stone carriers walked ahead to place the stones on the other side. As the priest stood with the ark of the covenant in the middle of the Jordan, the people walked through. After the people cleared to the other side, the priests would follow (Joshua 4:8-18). The priests could not leave until the nation of Israel had cleared and Joshua had spoken to the people. The leaders had to stay.

  1. you catch what happened? The priests stayed in the middle of the Jordan while the people passed through! As the river raged, the leaders stayed! Where the danger was, the leaders stayed! Staying when the circumstances around seems threatening is what leaders do! Staying when nothing makes sense is often what the Lord requires of leaders. Staying can be your best move as you make a way for others to go in front of you.

May your courage be great as you proceed to lead in our athletic community!