|Recruits on the Bama Sideline|
In the last couple of days I've been thinking about things that unite us. College football is certainly one, at least among teams. When I attend a college football game, there are many things I know. I know how to dress, when to stand and cheer and when not to. I know that in Tuscaloosa I would be lost without a shaker. I know the words to the cheers, what food I could expect to find, and I really look forward to it by the way. I know to bring my radio and what station to tune in to for the play by play. I even know most of the rules of the game. But what I don't know are many of the people. I'm guessing in that large crowd, I knew less than forty people. It doesn't stop me from attending, dressing in my teams color's or standing for hours yelling my head off. In fact, since I get to do it less than a dozen times a year, it's something I really look forward to.
It's also convicting. As a follower of Christ, I'm also united with more people than I can count. I know many of them, but there are certainly millions I don't. I often wonder what this place would be like if millions of Christ followers were as passionate about Christ, as myself and the other 100,999 college football fans in Tuscaloosa were about football last Saturday night. If I haven't lost you already, please don't go now. There is absolutely nothing wrong with loving the game of college football. Also, I know there are many, many followers of Christ that are more passionate about being a follower of Christ than about being a follower of college football. But for me, certainly my passion of football is often more obvious to a stranger than my passion for Christ. I'm working on me. Sometimes it helps me to think out loud. Thanks for listening.
New Living Translation (NLT)
30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] No other commandment is greater than these.”
I'll see you on down the path.