Last night’s game was a true passing of the torch for the Minnesota Vikings, as running back Adrian Peterson visited his old team wearing a New Orleans Saints jersey.

The Vikings showcased their rookie running back, Dalvin Cook, who rushed for 127 yards in their 29-19 win, which broke their record for most rushing yards in a rookie debut.

Knowing Peterson held that record, and still holds countless others as a Vikings legend, it was weird seeing him on the opposite sideline. Even so, the Vikings remarkably have another impressive running back coming out of their backfield, and are moving on from Peterson very quickly.

Just when we thought the NFL was doing away with a reliance on the running back position, we are seeing a resurgence at that position. The fact that multiple rookies looked good in week one, makes me think about the keys to being a great running back.

When watching a game on Sunday, the analyst talked about how underrated it was for a running back to have good vision. We know quarterbacks must have clarity when looking across the field to see where the open receivers are, but it’s also paramount for a running back to have strong vision.

Throughout his career, Peterson’s had opened eyes and the ability to see the holes…determine where the defense is going…and find the end zone.Running backs who sustain success in the NFL will demonstrate vision on each and every play.

Likewise, as valuable as it is for an NFL player to have vision, followers of Jesus must have clear vision each and every day. We must be able to see holes that open up in our lives…be aware of the defense trying to tackle us…and fix our eyes on the end zone.

The way we do this is by having a clear picture of what the Bible says, understanding who Jesus is, and recognizing when our vision is blurred.

When our vision is set on remaining in God’s will and trusting His plan, we’ll see the holes open up for us to run through because we know He’s the one blocking for us and making a way.

Proverbs 29:18 (AMP) says, “Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His Word], the people are unrestrained; but happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God].”

Today, let’s open our eyes to understand the goodness and faithfulness of God. Let’s live with vision for the open field He is leading us to see.

I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me Your Word. I pray to have a clear picture of the life You want me to live, and to see the holes You’re opening up for me. I pray my vision and eyes would be fixed on Jesus. In His mighty name I pray, Amen.