Are You Ready For Some Football?

standard September 18, 2018 5 responses

Fall is finally here, which means that the helmets are bright and shiny underneath the stadium lights. The question is: Are you ready for some football?

One of our favorite family activities is to meet up with other families at the local university football games. The air is mixed with Louisiana meat pies, cut grass, and of course, leather footballs.

As I watch the players take their positions on the field, I am in awe of how they hold their stance until the ball is snapped. It takes focus and discipline.

However, there are those occasions when a player will move off the line of scrimmage too soon and an offside penalty will be given. I always feel sorry for that player as the ref throws his flag and the offending number is called over the loud-speaker.

Maybe he “thought” he heard the snap. Or maybe there was bee in his helmet. But none of that matters to the referee who is there to make sure that the rules are followed.

Sometimes we jump off the line of scrimmage too soon in our spiritual life. Maybe we thought we heard the Lord say move, but we really were following our own desires. That’s why God’s Word tells us continually to “wait upon the Lord.” When we wait on Him our faith is built so that when we do hear Him say “move,” we can run the play with confidence.

Yes, it takes focus and discipline to wait, but it’s the best way to win the game!

Be the Light

standard January 7, 2015 Leave a response

Did you see this story of Tim Tebow circulating through your Facebook feed this football season?

A Christian musician by the name of Tanner Clark shared this picture of Tim Tebow leading his co-hosts in prayer before they went on the air in Gainesville, Florida. This post was shared over 40,000 times and what I love about it is what Clark put in the caption: “Let us always remember to Be the Light!”

Here’s the thing about light: it dispels the darkness and illuminates the things around it. According to the law of reflected light, we are illuminated objects who make our presence visibly known by reflecting light to those who look our way (source: physicsclassroom.com). When the Light of Christ is present in our lives, others are immediately able to see what is in front of them. Even if they don’t recognize the light for what it is, they cannot deny its effects.

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,” (Matt. 5:14-16).

And that reflected light is what so many saw when they looked at the picture of Tim Tebow praying with his co-hosts. They weren’t thinking of all the impressive statistics and he had achieved in order to be named the Heisman trophy winner in 2007. Or if his grey suit was complementing his black tie. They looked at this intimate picture and saw a light illuminating from the very One who is the light, Jesus Christ.

We don’t have to be famous or have thousands of Twitter followers to let our lights shine. We need only to be willing and able to reflect His light to those who look our way.

In what ways do you let your light shine, Friend?