College Football has officially kicked off, and this may be the year that
. . . I rejoice whether my team wins or loses,
. . . I can watch an entire game without fretting,
. . . and I jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
Yes, I know. The last one is more likely to happen than the first two.
And the last one ain’t happening.
But it could.
And that’s what matters.
It could happen because God is in the business of transforming lives.
And that’s why I don’t have to give up football and take up bonsai gardening instead.
Last year I declared in my post I Can’t Watch! — Confessions of a Fanatic Fan Conformed to Christ Through Football that this fretful football fan would change.
And I did.
Two years ago, I couldn’t watch my Tigers play the big games. I watched movies at the theater instead.
Last year, I watched every game. Not every second of every game, but every game.
Progress. I scored a touchdown.
But I confess, I haven’t won the game. Yet.
I’m still a football-fretter. But the game’s not over.
Spiritual growth sometimes happens in microwave fast spurts.
But usually it simmers to maturity like a crockpot.
Not being able to handle a football game is a spiritual matter. Read more about it here in that post I told you about before.
I haven’t given up my goal to be transformed into a relaxed football fan, content and peaceful no matter the outcome.
But there will be times this season when that resolve will be tested, and I may consider giving up football to take up bonsai gardening.
What battle are you waging?
Is your battle as silly as mine over fretting about football?
Or is it serious? The kind that should send you down to your knees, like fear over your child’s cancer diagnosis or arrest?
Or do you struggle with issues that send those who live with you down to their knees, like fits of anger or bitterness?
No matter what you’re facing, it’s not too silly or too serious for God.
Never Give Up
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:57 ESV).
Whether we’re facing a goal-line on the football field or a drip-line in the ER, we can keep our eyes fixed on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 NASB).
God won’t just give us strength. He is our strength.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1 ESV).
We could facing losing a game without losing our joy or having to take up bonsai gardening.
We’d read the sports headlines and front page headlines without being consumed with worry.
We’d carry peace instead of burdens.
God is waiting to do this work in our hearts today. It starts with believing Him and His Word and walking in the truth we know.
This May Be The Year
This may be the year the Clemson Tigers win the National Championship.
Oh so close last year.
But even better, this may be the year we win the battle in our minds.
What victory will you enjoy this year?
Go For It!
And Go Tigers!