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Grace Note for November 17, 2015

Years ago the cover of Sports Illustrated featured three prominent men in the world of sports—all of them highly successful coaches: the manager of the Atlanta Braves; the football coach for the University of Michigan; and the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
The feature article told how, in a period of less than two weeks, each of these men experienced an apparent setback in their personal lives. One was arrested for beating his wife; one was arrested for driving while intoxicated; and one was arrested for disorderly conduct in a restaurant.
The amazing thing about all of this is that each of these men was still highly respected in his respective career, and each of them had a bright future. This kind of behavior simply wasn't consistent with the type of leadership skill they had demonstrated. So why were they willing to risk everything with this out-of-control behavior? Maybe it's because success gives us the delusion that nothing can hurt us. Maybe, and most likely, it's because burnout and career pressure had caused these talented men to reach a breaking point.
Perhaps these persons could have used this wisdom from Isaiah 40:30-31, “Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

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