Sports – Pt. 2 – Feb. 6th, 2014

Beloved in the Lord,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, Philippians 3:14.

Last Sunday, we talked about sports and we looked at what the Bible says about competition:

1. Preparation: 1 Peter 1:13-16, 13; Colossians 3:17

2. Competition: 1 Timothy 6:11-12, 11

3. Winning: 1 Corinthians 9:24 – 27; 2 Timothy 2:5

4. Losing: 2 Timothy 2:5

5. Perseverance: Philippians 3:12-14; Hebrews 12:1-2

6. Overall – Sportsmanship: Philippians 3:14

I would like us to end this Work/School week on a sports note. Last Sunday’s Super Bowl football championship game was between the Seahawks (the Seattle football team) and the Broncos (of Denver). Everybody (or some) who follow football, in some way are aware that the Seahawks defeated the Broncos.

According to the various news outlets, this year’s telecast of this February 2nd Super Bowl was the most-watched television event in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million viewers on Sunday night. Isn’t that something, this being the fourth time in five years that a Super Bowl game has set a viewership record!

It wasn’t all good news. It seems like wherever humans gather in throngs, wrongs are committed, like deplorable actions such as violence have to take place. I read that according to police reports, amid the massive unrestrained crowds of revelers who filled the City of Seattle’s streets after the Seahawks’ first-ever Super Bowl win, two people were shot. Bottles and rocks were thrown at Seattle police, and the windows of businesses were broken; but, gratefully, the shots didn’t lead to death (at least that is the situation at the time of my typing this piece).

There was another thing too, and this is about the losers. In 1999, the Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. In that case too there was violence as people were in a “celebratory” mood, smashing store windows and overthrowing cars. But this past Sunday, what I found “funny” about the attitude of the broadcast media was that after the loss of their home team in last Sunday’s game, they switched very quickly from game coverage to previews of this upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. If not covering the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, the news outlets forced their viewers to relive the top commercials that run during the Super Bowl game. That’s human nature.

I’m not a sports buff as in sports “fanatic” and I admit I didn’t watch the football game though the TV in the room where I was every now-and-then landed on the channel covering the game. But do you know what really caught my attention? It was post-game statements that were made by some of the players after last Sunday’s football game.

A few statements indeed but one was very penetrating. So, I’d like to focus on what Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson said. He said that his team has been “relentless” in their pursuit of glory this season. This is how he put it: “We’ve been relentless all season. Having that mentality of having a championship day every day. At the end of the day, you want to play your best football and that is what we did today.”

Now, let me put this question out there to every reader. How relentless have you been in your pursuit of glory? How relentless have you been in your pursuit of God? While Russell talks about “season,” let me remind you that right now, the life that we are living is our “season.” There is going to come a time when this life (season) will be snuffed out. It could be today, it could be tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year.

Russell said: “Having that mentality of having a championship day every day.” Question is, do you, as a Christian, have that mentality of having a championship day every day? If you don’t, then how can you “At the end of the day, …play your best football” for the Lord? You, me, we have to play our best football today because the moment we die, that is it. There is no second chance after death. Right now, we have all the chances that we need. You see, just because we have found God doesn’t mean that we should stop seeking Him. We ought to be persistent in our worship and praise of Him.

Proposed prayer: Dear Father, as I face this weekend, please help me find motivation in Your Word. I pray that I get a proper sense about preparation, competition, training, winning, losing, whether on the job, at home, school, or in the marketplace. Let me be an example everywhere. Thank You for hearing my prayers, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

A blessed weekend to you all.

 

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