Catch before you run

Jerry Rice 49ers

Several years ago there was an interview with Jerry Rice, one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the NFL. It was not your normal sit down interview. The reporter and Rice played catch. They stood about 10 to 15 yards apart and tossed the football back and forth to each other as they talked. One thing that stood out is that every time Rice caught the ball he methodically tucked the ball away into arm as if he was getting ready to run the ball down the field. Then and only after he did this would he throw the football back to the reporter.

How many dropped passes have we seen over the years, because the receiver was thinking of the touchdown and the glory before he caught the ball and put it away.

That comes back to our Christian walk. So many times we want the glory, the big ministry and the recognition but we forget the basics like tucking the ball away after every catch. Even in practice and an interview Rice did the basics. Are we doing the basics?

Prayer, worship and time in the Word are the basics. If we are not doing the basics how can we play in the big game?


Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.

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