Fall and football … the games, the cheerleaders, the bands. I grew up with them, I participated in them and I raised children in them. Now I live in fantasy … Fantasy Football that is. Yes, you read that right. I am in a fantasy football league with my daughters, SIL’s and one of their parents. I have scored the most points so why am I NOT leading the league? Because I have also had the most points scored against me. In other words, on any given game, my opponent has an all time high game. Actually, I have won the last two weeks … so I am no longer on the bottom rung … I’m climbing.
Life can be like that … on any given day you have everything go wrong. Everyone around you is having a great day. However, you may have the garage door break, your AC or heater breaks, the car breaks down, the stove starts acting up, the house needs paint, or you are running low on food, gas, sanity. I have friends in all those game plays. As a Christian you cannot sit on the bench with your head in your hands (unless you’re praying :-D) or run to the locker room. You have to stay in the game.
Likewise, you are not going to win simply because you stand under the goalpost and wait for the game winning ball. You have to go to the bench between innings for words from the Coach. Often you will have to go between every play if you haven’t listened to the Coach and know what to do. Going to the bench for instructions is always for the best. “Take a knee” and listen.
Also, while you are in the game, you have to huddle with your fellow players. You need their support. (Go to church and Sunday School, Bible Studies, and Life Groups). You should not play the game by yourself. The crowd will overwhelm you with their shouts and confuse you. Tune them out. Listen only to your Coach and team mates.
Stay in the game. Keep tuned in to the “Coach”, the “Play Maker”. At the end of the game of life … regardless of penalties, injuries and bad calls, you have won the prize, you have won the game.
Isaiah 40:28-31 NASB “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. 29 He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. 30 Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, 31 Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”