At the end of 2011, it was announced in the footballing world that a club legend will be returning to play for the club he was playing for in his prime for two months. He set several records in his time and had become a legend, the highest goal scorer of all time. Some people were thrilled at the prospect of having him back, while others were apprehensive.
The main anxiety they had about his return was the fact that he was now decrepit and past his best. They felt he will be completely useless, and this decision could mar his legendary status.
A contemporary of the player, who used to play with him in the glory days, also admitted he was old, and no longer the same player he was in his prime. However, he did not stop there. He highlighted a very important point. If the player still had a hunger and thirst for the game, he will make a difference in the team.
Hunger and thirst are important ingredients for success. These qualities will determine your impact in any endeavour. People who have a hunger and a thirst to make a difference usually do. It doesn’t matter if they are physically or financially handicapped. Even if all the odds are stacked against them, they usually seem to find a way out.
This is also applicable to the Christian life. Do you have a hunger and thirst for righteousness? Well if you do, Jesus said you will be filled (Matthew 5:6).
As we begin the New Year, I just want to encourage you to have a hunger
and a thirst for God. Have a hunger and thirst for His Word, a hunger and thirst to know His will, a hunger and thirst to know His Spirit, a hunger and thirst to be in His presence daily.
Happy New Year! May His grace and mercy uphold you throughout 2012.