Play Your Position

Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved following right behind. When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, “Master, what’s going to happen to him?”

Jesus said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me.”

-John 21:20-22

God gave us a powerful and encouraging message last week - We shall, surely, without fail, recover all! Many of us gained strength and hope from that message. I hope it blessed you because this week, God wants me to deliver a challenging truth: play your position!

It can be tempting during hard times in our marriage to focus on what our spouse is (or is not) doing. We want things to be fair, right? If God is correcting me, I want Him to correct my husband, right? Sometimes it just doesn't seem fair: It's not fair that I have to change. It's not fair that I have to forgive. It's not fair that I have to do what's right.

Here's the truth: God hasn't called you to fair. He has called you to holiness. He has called you to live a life that pleases Him. He has called you to represent Him in the earth and in your house. He has called you to be an agent of change. He has called you to play your position.

Consider me your coach today. Just like an athletic coach cautions the players to focus on their role, I'm cautioning you to focus on yours. In football, you can't act like a quarterback if you are actually a running back. The team needs you to play your role so that the quarterback can get the ball to you and you can run a play. When you are out of position you are a detriment to the team and could cost them the game.


Take your eyes off of what your spouse is doing. Let God deal with him. Trust me. He will. You focus on your role. Learn the ins and outs of what you are supposed to do as a wife and do that. Keep going back to the Ultimate Coach - God - to find out what play He wants you to run next.

Does He want you to play an offensive role (in which you have the ball and your job is to move it toward scoring)? Does He want you to play defense (take a stand and refuse to allow the enemy to get the ball)? Does He want you to run? Does He want you to take a knee?

It's time for you to play your position. Put your husband in God's hands. Trust that God will speak to him about his behavior, his words, or his actions. Don't try to play his position. Simply play yours.

Debra Cheek2 Comments