Tomorrow evening is a Thursday night smack dab in the middle of the NFL’s offseason, so it’s hard to believe we can say this, but it’s true: Tomorrow night may be the most important evening of the year for many NFL teams. Of course, this is because tomorrow night is the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft (or, the Annual Selection Meeting). Over the last 20 years, the draft has, for many NFL franchises, become an event of almost make-or-break significance. It is the difference between ending up with Peyton Manning or any number of other quarterbacks taken that year who have not panned out in their professional careers. It is the difference between a decade of playoffs (and a Super Bowl win), and a decade of floundering in frustration. The draft is so significant, because the choices made in the draft are that important. In the day-to-day living of life, we face choices that reflect varying degrees of significance. But we do at times face those moments when, in a very real sense, the future hangs in the balance. Maybe it is the future of our health or marriage or job, but make no mistake: Our choices can have an enduring impact on our future and the futures of others. This is one of the many reasons that we should intentionally and consciously live in an awareness of our need for wisdom from God. It has been said that wisdom is skill for living, but, in the most general sense, wisdom is the practical ability to use knowledge to reach a desired goal. For the follower of Christ, that desired goal is to represent Christ fully and fairly in the way we grow our hearts and the way we live our lives. This approach to wisdom was such a priority for the apostle Paul that he prayed for the followers of Christ at Colosse:

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9).

That is a remarkable prayer. To be “filled with the knowledge of His will” is extraordinary by itself, but to be so filled that it is carried in “all wisdom and spiritual understanding” gets to the very heart of what we desperately need for living every day. So, what then do we do? We can begin by praying for ourselves and others the prayer that Paul prayed for Colosse, and we can saturate our hearts in the wisdom of the Scriptures. That platform for wisdom can go far in enabling us to go beyond our worst inclinations to higher ground.   Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain