Dick Vermeil became head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 1997 after a fifteen year absence from all of coaching. He was infamous for 3 to 4 hour practices in full pads every day of the week.
He worked his players so hard that before one game in 1998 against the Bears, the entire team had a meeting about whether they should even play! They had 9 wins in 2 years. So Coach Vermeil decided to change. He had the courage to change even though he had always done it the same every year. Obviously it wasn’t working.
His new practice plan was to cut down the practices to 1.5 hours no matter the situation and made sure his players were fresh heading into Sunday.
The result was astounding. They won the Super Bowl in 1999.
How many times have we fallen into a rut and have done the same thing over and over again, only to find ourselves struggling with the same things. Why not make a change?
Look what it says in Isaiah 43:19,
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Starting this Sunday, I will begin a new series called, “On Point: Living in Missional Rhythm.” We will be looking at all aspects of our life and seeing if we are in rhythm with what God is doing. It will be a series you will want to be a part of as you evaluate your life compared to where you have been and where God is leading you.
We have experienced a wonderful Christmas Advent and New Year. Many new faces, new friends, and new opportunities before us as a church. Let us embrace the moment and live life full of divine moments.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene