The NFL free agency period is right around the corner, and teams are making tough strategic decisions regarding the direction of their franchise. Usually teams are in a total rebuild stage or “win-now” mode, and their choices for free agency will line up with one of those strategies. 

CBSSPORTS.COM wrote an article about the six teams in a “win-now” mode and explains how the Cardinals, Giants, Chargers, Chiefs, Texans, and Saints must approach the off-season with the mindset their window is closing for a chance at the Super Bowl.

Based mainly on the age of their quarterback and current construction of their roster, they are looking to add a piece here and there to enhance their team and need those guys to contribute right away.

This mentality leads to teams going all-in, and being willing to pay for a high-priced free agent if they believe he can make an immediate difference.

Fans understand the different cycles of a franchise and realize patience is key during a rebuild. But when we recognize our team is doing whatever they can to win now and not delay, there’s an overall excitement.

Likewise, as followers of Jesus, we go through seasons of relying on patience to see us through, but there are also moments when we must decide to have a “win-now” mentality.

God continuously gives us opportunities to bring Him glory by honoring and serving Him, growing closer to Him, and by spreading His Word to others. Unfortunately, too often we pass on them and tell ourselves we’ll address them later.

However, when we overcome fear and procrastination by stepping out in faith, we know God will equip us and strengthen us.

Whether the Holy Spirit is prompting us to make personal changes, start a Bible study, go on a mission trip, talk to the person at work, forgive someone, or pursue a different job, we must remember to have a “win-now” attitude instead of delaying and missing our window of opportunity.

The Bible says in Psalm 90:12 (ESV), “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 119:60 (NLT) challenges us with these words: “I will hurry, without delay, to obey Your commands.”

Today, let’s be encouraged to feel a sense of urgency and excitement to obey God and follow Him as we make the “win-now” decisions He’s leading us to make. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I place my faith and trust in You to make it clear when I need to do something without delay. Help me to recognize the many great opportunities to serve You and glorify You with my life, and make the most of them with great wisdom. Please give me the strength and confidence to implement the “win-now” strategy. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.