Saturday, February 6, 2010

It's Not About Football

It is Super Bowl Sunday. There was a time in college when one of our girls declined an invitation to go to a Super Bowl party. When I asked, "why?" she replied, "I don't even like football, why would I want to go?" And I told her, "Because it's not about football."
There is something transcendent in everything we do, everything we experience, a deeper significance and purpose, because God is in the picture. That is a Biblical worldview, viewing the world through the reality of God at the core of our lives. "...for in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities -- all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." (Colossians 1. 15-17) God redeems everything.
There is something more in this life, because that is how God created it. That transcendence is not something beyond reality, but His presence infused in it.
That is why we must continually be sensitive to the leading of God's Spirit within us. The things that you experience may not be about you after all -- indeed they probably are not. That allows you to be flexible with whatever God brings into your day, or whomever God leads into your life. In the end of the movie The Four Feathers (which I highly recommend), the lead character asks the Sudanese tribesman, "Why did you help me?" And the tribesman who risked his life for this stranger said, "Because God put you in my path."
So as you attend a Super Bowl party tonight, or stay at home with family, realize that it is not about football. It is an opportunity to develop relationships, to serve others, to listen and be a friend, and let God redeem those moments for His glory. God makes all the difference.

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