Ready for Some Football?

27 Dec

Denver Broncos SweatshirtOne day a housework-challenged husand decided to wash his sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to his wife, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?”

“It depends,” she replied. “What does it say on your shirt?”

He yelled back, “Denver Broncos!” *


Is your house caught up in football fever these days? Crazy, isn’t it?

Pam and I (Dawn) have slightly different backgrounds when it comes to sports.

I was a basketball cheerleader (we didn’t play many other sports in Iceland, where I attended high school). One son, Robert, played basketball and baseball. My other son, Michael, played volleyball, basketball, and baseball ~ and was drafted by the Phillies out of high school. Two of my granddaughters play water polo.

Pam was a busy cheerleader at football, basketball, and baseball games, and even at some swim, track, and volleyball meets! Pam’s sons played basketball, baseball, volleyball, track, gymnastics, and football. And her son Zach was captain of the U of L co-ed cheer team for five years ~ all national championships!

So, if you haven’t guessed, we are both sports families ~ but I’m a bit clueless when it comes to the gridiron.

Pam gets football. But since my boys didn’t play that sport, I don’t. I mean, don’t ever ask me to explain “downs.” Too frustrating! My hubby and sons just roll their eyes. My daughter-in-love, Carrie, says I need to go to a class that teaches women all about the sport! I’m like, “Yeah, right. I have time for that.”

But I follow football games because of the personalities: guys like Tony Dungy, Matt Hasselbeck, Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees.

Isn’t that just like a woman? We love those connections with people, don’t we? And I like the football parties with snacks and a big TV. Nothing like a tailgate party, either.

In other words, I don’t get the game, but I love all the “fluff stuff” around the game.

Sort of reminds me of some “Christians.” They don’t get theology or what God’s been up to since creation, but they love hanging around with all those nice people at church ~ going to their parties and events, especially  Christmas concerts and Easter celebrations.

I felt that way for years before I became a true Christian. I liked my Christian friends because they didn’t get me into trouble like my worldly friends. And I liked the sense of peace I felt in their churches and their homes. But I thought I was “pretty good,” and I didn’t understand that I had to embrace the fact that I was a sinner (and that my sins separated me from God) before I could understand how desperately I needed a savior.

In time, I came to understand that all my righteous acts without a relationship with God are like “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). I understood that I could never be good enough for God, even though everyone called me a “good girl” (Ephesians 2:8-9). I understood that I didn’t just need a little fixing; I needed a Savior to transform my heart (Luke 2:11; 5:32). I needed the Savior, God’s only provision for sin. I needed Jesus (Acts 4:12; John 14:6).

I hope that you have not just embraced all the “fluff stuff” of religion, but missed a life-changing, dynamic relationship with Jesus. It’s not too late to learn of Him and find rest for your soul (Matthew 11:28-29).

So, unlike Pam, I may not be ready to dazzle anyone with my knowledge of football, but we both know for sure that we have placed our trust in Christ! We hope you have, too. If not, this is the time. Don’t go through another year without a powerful relationship with Jesus.

* “Clean Jokes from the Laundry Room,” on p. 154 on LOL with God


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