I read an article that talks about a couple of teams’ unruly fans. Oddly enough they said both teams were orange, and later mentioned that Tennessee is, too, and yet Tennessee fans don’t have that reputation. Well, guess what! Sometimes they do! I know! I live in Tennessee! And I’ve heard over and over again how
What I find most interesting is that most fans do not personally know the players. They just love the sport, and the competition….perhaps the coach…maybe a player or 2. And they will sacrifice an entire Saturday or Sunday…or Monday night…to watch them duke it out on TV. Let the passion begin! Better not anybody talk during the game (unless you are hollering along with ‘em!), don’t turn the channel, heaven forbid trying to carry on a conversation about anything other than football…extreme PASSION, FERVENCY, ADORATION, ZEALOUSNESS…all for the love of the sport!
Why, then, do those same people…AND those of us who are not sports savvy…not get just as passionate, crazy, wild, zealous, fanatical, enthusiastic, fervent and adoring of Jesus, who we DO know, and who knows us? Why don’t we sacrifice as much time in praying, in studying the Word, in fellowship as we do watching one game after another? Why can’t we be cheerleaders for Team Jesus? The answer? We can….and we should…and maybe some of us, some of the time, DO! We need to rev it up, get involved at a deeper and more passionate level in the game of life, and realize what is at stake here: not a Super Bowl Ring (though there is nothing wrong with Super Bowl Rings), not a Heisman Trophy (nothing wrong with it, either), not a gazillion dollar contract (though having money is not a sin)…what is at stake are lives that need to be won for God’s Kingdom, so that none should perish!
“I’m going to lose 50 pounds!”;
“I’m going to start exercising 4 days a week!;
“I’m going to get out of debt!”;
“I’m going to find the man/woman of my dreams and get married!”;
“I’m going to….blah! blah! Blah!”
Intentions, on the other hand, are aims, intents, goals, objectives, plans…now those I think I might be able to do. If I fall or fail, I have not broken a promise or commitment to anyone else. I’ve only let myself down…but not really, because if it is an aim or goal or intention that means that, if I don’t meet it, it is A OK, right! Right!
So, here are my New Year’s Intentions for 2011:
1. Be a better Christian, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend! Simple, huh?
Now be blessed by this!