Who’s Number One?

Travis Schugg

High School: a time to compete and to be the best! I thought—until the beginning of my sophomore year. Then I realized that God had blessed me with many talents and that I should use them for God’s glory.


My football career began my freshman year in high school. All I thought about was being the best player on the field. Everyone was impressed with my abilities; and as a sophomore, I was going to start on the varsity team. Nothing could stop me from being the best—until I found out that I needed knee surgery. I was devastasted.


At a church retreat two weeks later, I discovered that even though I had been happy most of my life, I had never experienced true contentment. With all the attention I had been getting, I had failed to give God any of the credit. I had left God behind. Through prayer and devotions with my youth group, I realized that God should be first in everything I do.

My dear friends, stand firm and don’t be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (CEV)

Now, after every athletic event, I kneel and pray for the ability to compete another day. I’ve come to this conclusion: Contentment comes from making God Number One in my life.


PRAYER: God, replace my pride with devotion so that I will find contentment in serving you. Amen.

—from devozine (March/April 1999). Copyright © 1999 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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