Coach 1K and the Next Play

Read: Philippians 3:7-14
This past week Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (yes, I had to Google that for spelling) did something that no other division one college basketball coach in history has accomplished. He won his 1,000th game as a college head coach. His coaching career started in 1974 as an assistant at Indiana, and since 1980 he has been the head coach of the highly successful Duke basketball program. Coach K, as he is known because of his elaborate last name, has also coached several of the USA men’s national basketball teams.
In a recent article by Sports Illustrated one of his former players Johnny Dawkins said that he was always known for saying the phrase “next play.” It was a reminder to the players that they should learn from their mistake but not let it keep them from moving on to the next play and the next opportunity ahead. He wanted them to stay aggressive and not dwell on the past.
If you have ever watched Coach K on the sidelines you can definitely believe this about him. He is intense, focused, prepared, a positive example, and a source of encouragement to his players. His success and the success of his players while at Duke and after college is a testimony to his relationship and influence on them. I truly believe that this is even more important to him than the wins.
His well known phrase “Next Play” reminded me of the verse in Philippians 3:13-14 when Paul writes, “Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Because of Jesus and his grace and forgiveness for you, this too can be your phrase in life. When you repent of your sins, your mistakes, and your wrongs to Jesus he not only forgives you but he says, “Forget what is behind and press on to the next thing.” Too often we carry the burden of past mistakes, and we let them keep us from moving forward. Jesus wants us to learn from those mistakes, but he also wants us to move on in His grace.
If you have repented of your sins and asked Jesus to forgive you, it is done! It is time to move forward and anticipate what God has for your future. The next play awaits! Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Make it personal:  My prayer is that you will believe these words from God and trust Him. Trust Him to redeem your past mistakes, trust Him to forgive you, trust Him to show you the purpose and calling upon your life, and then trust your future to Him. God knows what the next play is for you. Place your life in His hands and look forward to what is ahead.
Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church