Stop the Madness!

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Even if you don’t follow college basketball or bracketing you have probably heard of “March Madness.”  Fans will be staying up late and hours will be spent, before and after each game, analyzing every play.  Villanova’s head coach, Jay Wright, whose team is looking to win back to back titles, says all of the media hype distracts his players from keeping their heads in the game. According to Wright, “They don’t know how to focus.”  His solution is to collect all of the electronic devices from his players, including their cell phones, the night before every game in the NCAA tournament.

Apparently, the author of Hebrews understood that college kids aren’t the only ones who struggle with staying focused.  Written to Christians who were discouraged in their faith, Hebrews 12:2 says “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” With so much going on in the world to distract us from the things of God, believers must make a conscious effort to fix our minds and hearts on the person and work of Jesus Christ.  We do that by spending time each day in prayer and reading and obeying God’s Word.  Then, everything else in life falls into perspective!  So, stay focused this week!