It’s a sad week here in Georgia if you are a Falcons fan.
The heartache of losing a game that you should have won is all too real for many people. Players, coaches, and fans had a dream of winning the Super Bowl. But that dream was smashed in the second half for the Falcons. We just couldn’t stop the Patriots.
The air of excitement diminished as the Patriots scored in overtime (which by the way…the NFL has the craziest overtime rules…they need to re-think them). We left our friends house saddened because we should have won that game. Nobody talked. We just said good-bye.
My husband loves football. And he really loves the Falcons. He enjoys getting together with friends to watch football games. I love how they dissect every play and what should or should not have taken place, something which they can discuss for days on end. It’s funny to listen to them (most the time I don’t even understand what or who they are talking about). But one thing I know for sure…My husband and his friends know how to talk some football.
We all joke that it won’t be a fun night at home if my husband’s team loses. But he’s quick to remind us that his happiness in life doesn’t revolve around a W. I love what he says (which is like his pep talk to himself)…
“It’s just a game. Life goes on. I will get up tomorrow and go to work. I am thankful for my wife and two daughters. And I am most especially grateful that Jesus is my Savior. That’s the most important thing to remember.”
And that’s the point I want to make here. No matter how upset you are over losing a football game, the question I ask you is, “Do you know Jesus as your Savior?”
Now you may be thinking that is the dumbest question to be asking right now. Who gets so upset over the loss of a football game that they let it affect their life? Believe me, there are people out there who will have a very hard time getting over the Falcons loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 51.
These are the people who have so much passion and excitement and love of the game of football that there is no room for anything else. They have built their happiness in life on the outcome of a game. Their hope and faith lies in a team and its ranking.
Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having passion for a sport. I get into the football games just as much as my husband does (I think I am even louder than he is). I get into watching my girls play soccer (yes, I am THAT crazy soccer mom who screams and yells for her kids). I love Duke basketball so much that I have spray painted my hair blue. And my husband cannot stand to watch Duke basketball games with me because I yell and jump around so much! What can I say…I am passionate about some sports!
But the one thing I have to remind myself of is not to be so “into” a sport that I lose sight of the One whose team I am on. The One whose name I should be screaming loudly. The One who wants nothing more than for me to be focused on “His game”.
His name is Jesus.
He loves me.
And He loves you.
He wants us to be a part of His team.
He wants our focus to be on Him.
Build your hope on Jesus. Believe in the man who died for your sins. Put your faith and trust in our Risen Savior.
Jesus never fails. He never loses. His love always triumphs and always prevails.
Remember that Jesus died for you and He wants to have a relationship with you.
Accept Him. Love Him. Believe in Him.
Do you want to join Team Jesus? He is calling your name and waiting for you…