Well, I for one thought it was a shoe-in.
Of course, the Denver Broncos would win. They’re a fantastic team. They have Peyton Manning. They beat the New England Patriots.
At church, the morning of the big game, many people were sporting orange and blue in support of their beloved Broncos.
I’m not usually a big football person, although I do enjoy an occasional game. My husband is slowly educating me about the rules of the game. And I find myself beginning to recognize types of plays and even get upset when I see my players missing an obvious pass.
The game was simply stunning as it captured one mistake, one inept move after another by the Broncos. If I hadn’t seen them handily beat the New England Patriots just a couple of weeks earlier, I’d have claimed that the Broncos were simply outclassed at every point. The conspiracy-theorist part of me mumbled that the game had been fixed. No team could make such blunders and have such bad luck.
It was interesting to see many of the Bronco fans on camera after the game. Such dejection. You’d have thought a catastrophe had just taken place. I guess for the team, the outcome was catastrophic.
This is why I don’t watch too much football. I can become so tied in emotionally with the team that I get way too upset when they lose.
It’s way too easy to let football—or other activities—become so important that they supplant what is truly important.
Like our relationship with the Lord, our families, our communities.
Football can become an idol. There’s even a Christian song that says there’s a big football field in heaven where we can all play.
Not to denigrate football…but I think we might have more important things to do in heaven than play football. (I could be wrong.)
I think football, like medicine, is for this side of heaven.
Keep your perspective, Christian Broncos fans. I know it’s disappointing, but life has not stopped.
All living things on earth will disappoint eventually you if you put your trust in them. But the Lord will never let you down. When you worship Him, and Him alone, you will not have to fear catastrophe.
Remember to give yourself this test when faced with a grave disappointment:
Will this disappointment matter in say ten thousand or fifty thousand years when you’re still in the infancy of your eternity in heaven?
If not, then push on.
“The Lord’s pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” (Psalm 147: 10, 11 NIV Bible)