Tomorrow is the last day of the regular football season. These pictures are from Sandlot Night at the Franklin County High School football game. We have had a great season, a lot of hours and commitment and fun. But it has been humbling. We have not won one single game. 0-9. The amazing thing is that I have been more disappointed than Drew. I have driven home from several games feeling completely defeated and wondering why we devote nine hours a week to football and see no results. And then I look at the team and I remember what it is all about.
They have grown to be friends and uplifters to each other....
They smile and cheer for each other...
They drop to their knees when someone is hurt...
They don't give up chasing their adversaries although it seems futile...
They celebrate with one touchdown even if the other team has five...
They come home battered and bruised, but ready for another game...
And I have learned a lot from them. I desire to have the same kind of fight in me when dealing with Satan.
Let's uplift our brothers and sisters in Christ, even when Satan seems to be winning.
Let's pass out smiles and high fives when you see small victories.
Let's not forget to drop to our knees when you see someone hurting.
Let's not give up chasing down sin in our life, even if Satan is almost to the end zone. Track him down and tackle him.
Let's celebrate when another soul is won to Christ. Even when we are surrounded by more people who deny Him.
Let's get up every morning with our armor in place, ready for warfare. Even if we are hurt from past mistakes and our hearts are bruised, we have all we need to win.
And when we look back, and see that our record is 0 for 9, just remember that record is erased when you have Jesus Christ.
If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
Psalm 130:3-5 NIV