Wrong Way Riegels

On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played UCLA in the Rose Bowl. In that game a young man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for UCLA. Picking up the loose ball, he lost his direction and ran sixty-five yards toward the wrong goal till one of his teammates tackled him just before he would have scored for the opposing team.

The story of “Wrong Way Riegels,” as he became known, gives us a picture of the way many people live today. They are moving full speed ahead toward some goal which they believe to be the right one, but in reality their goal is leading them in the wrong direction. The more furiously they run in that direction, the worse off they become, even if they think they are on their way to a touchdown.

Remember, whenever you are rushing toward a goal that is not in God’s plan for your life, it may give a moment’s excitement, but in the long run it can’t redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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