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Hockey great Wayne Gretzky was interviewed before the second game of a particular playoff series. 

His team hadn’t looked very good in the very first game. They lost. He was asked whether his coach had shown the players their mistakes on video.

Gretzky said that rather than showing them a video of their mistakes, their coach showed highlights of some of their best games where they performed well. Why reinforce negative images? They needed to see themselves as they could be, not as they had been. 

This is why Jesus tells us how we are to live with God and with others. Jesus does not point to our past sins and mistakes, but how we are to live today –

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these’” (Mark 12:30-31).

By the way, Gretzky’s team won the second game and subsequently took the Stanley Cup that year.

Thanks to Billy D. Strayhorn for this story and to Pixabay for the photo. 

What are some of the “good highlights” of YOUR past week that YOU can celebrate and build upon?


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