Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! (Psalms 146:1 NRSV)

Muhammed Ali was the unprecedented three-time world heavyweight boxing champion. His picture appeared on the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED more times than any other athlete. Whatever happened to Muhammed Ali? What is he doing today? A few years ago sportswriter, went to find out the answer to these questions.

As they were visiting together Ali showed the sportswriter the barn next to his farmhouse. In the barn, on the floor leaning against the walls, were pictures and framed newspaper articles from his prime.

As the sportswriter looked at the pictures he couldn't help but notice they were covered with white streaks--bird droppings. Just then the ex-champ looked into the rafters at the pigeons who made his gym their home. Then perhaps as a statement of despair, Ali walked over to the row of pictures and one by one turned them over. Then he walked to the door and stared out at the countryside. He mumbled something so low the sportswriter asked him what he said. "I had the world," Muhammed Ali repeated, "and it wasn't nothin'. Look now."

From the beginning of Jesus' ministry crowds surrounded him everywhere he went. His disciples thought it was great. They couldn't understand why Jesus didn't share their excitement.

Jesus doesn't care about wealth or fame. Jesus cares only about your soul.


Loving God, I give my soul to you. Fill it with the happiness of knowing you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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