It is the morning after a very hyped up and much anticipated national championship game. A lot of people are very happy and a lot of people are very sad. Social media is full of self-appointed sports analysts sharing their opinions about the game. From the comfort of their couch, overweight and out of shape people, can tell you exactly what “we” did right or wrong during the game on this, the morning after.
I am not a sports fanatic. But that does not mean that I am opposed to sports. I just don’t get overly excited about the games. I enjoy watching a game once in a while and I am happy for others who are big fans. Sometimes though I think that people have rather ridiculous reactions to the big game. So these are my thoughts about the big game on the morning after.
After the big game, despite all the hype and hoopla nothing important in your life has changed. Regardless of how happy or how sad you are, if you have a job, you still have to get up and go to work. If you were sick, you were not made well by your team winning. If you were healthy, you are not sick today because your team lost. The fact is, in the grand scheme of God’s universe, championship games are not important. The truth is in two years most people will not even remember who won the big game. The morning after the national championship is a good day, but only because it is a day that the Lord has made.
In our lives we all need avenues of entertainment and recreation. I believe the ability to play and enjoy sports is a gift from God. Indeed even the apostle Paul seemed to be a sports fan. He used many sports analogies as he taught how we should walk with and respond to God. But one day the race will be over and the fight will be finished. On that day, the only trophy that will matter is the trophy of Grace. A great crowd of witnesses will cheer us as we lay this trophy before the throne of our Savior, because Jesus and Jesus alone is the Champion.
Douglas & Deborah Huff
Pavement Ends Ministry