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Posted: Mar 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

I started learning how to bowl at about the age of 12. I was a pretty active kid and I was involved in whatever sport was in season. I remember one of my childhood friends was really into bowling and bowled on a youth league on Saturday’s. One day a member of his team didn’t show up and he asked if I would be willing to fill in. I remember not doing well that day but I also remember thoroughly enjoying the experience. A spot opened for me on the team and I began to enjoy the game more and more. Whether it is baseball or football or golf or bowling, practice is very important to me. There was a guy at the bowling alley that I went to as a kid named Dan. Most people there referred to him as Danno. Danno began to watch me bowl as a 12 year old kid and began offering me tips along the way. Before long, he was my personal coach and to this day, I credit him with teaching me how to bowl.

During most of our practice sessions, I remember him telling me about the importance of follow through. When you bowl, follow through is tremendously important. Bowling, like golf is very technical in that just like golf, one minor timing flaw can be costly to your score. For me, I would always have a problem remembering to follow through with my shot. For years, my scores would get worse before they got better. But one practice session, things began to click. Follow through seemed natural as opposed to unnatural and along with that came an improvement in my average of 40 pins in one year. I truly believe follow through was a major reason why.

There is a book in the Old Testament that doesn’t get talked about very much. Haggai is a small book nestled near the back of the Old Testament and is a story about a prophet of God that was called to bring a message to a group of people who needed to repent. Haggai, like most Old Testament prophets had a tough assignment. Israel, God’s chosen nation, was constantly turning their back on Jehovah God in favor of worshipping foreign fake gods. God would then send prophets to the people instructing them to repent and turn to God or face the consequences of their decisions. Most of the prophets didn’t see very good results. The people they were assigned to prophecy to were very stubborn, selfish and for the most part enjoyed their lives of disobedient sin.

Haggai was instructed by God to tell the people of Israel to rebuild the House of the Lord. Because they had neglected God’s house, a drought covered the entire land of Israel. Sin always has a consequence. Haggai chapter one says that he (Haggai) told the people of their sin on August 29th. Zerubbabel, who at that time was in charge of the crew in Jerusalem, headed the instruction of the prophet and began to rally the troops with the intention of rebuilding God’s house. (the temple) On September 21, the team was assembled and the rebuilding project began.

Here’s the point. The people began to rebuild the temple just 23 days after Haggai’s first message. Rarely did a prophet’s message receive such a quick response. How often do we hear a sermon and respond with, “That was an excellent point – I ought to do that,” only to leave church and forget to act? These people put their words into action. I pray that we are people who realize the importance of follow through. When God speaks something to you whether during a message or in your own devotional time with Him, have the guts to put legs to your prayers and follow through with what He has called you to do. Just like bowling, the ability to follow through can be a major turning point in your spiritual journey.

With Expectancy!

Corey
corey@firstassemblywest.com

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