Daily Word of Grace # 172 (November 11, 2020)
One of the greatest basketball coaches ever was the legendary John Wooden (1910 – 2010), who died when he was ninety-nine. He coached the UCLA Bruins to ten NCAA championships in twelve seasons, including a record seven years in a row (1967 – 1973). His nickname was “The Wizard of Westwood” and he was almost as famous for his witticisms as he was his coaching record. Among his best known sayings include: “Nothing will work unless you do” and “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” In an interview shortly after Wooden’s death, hall of famer Bill Walton, who played for Wooden at UCLA, recounted his favorite saying of the late coach, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” When it comes to the gospel, you may think you already know it all—that yes, God loves you and yes, Jesus died on the cross for you, and yes, God’s love never ends…but the measureless scope and eternal magnitude of God’s love is so vast it is ever-growing and ever-new. Along these lines the Apostle Paul wrote that he prayed you would “know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19). When it comes to God’s love, you will be reminded of the truth of “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts” again and again repeatedly throughout eternity.
Love and Prayers,