This past week a long-awaited event took place in the Smith household as the NFL draft brought some current athletics back into our sports-starved home. It was as if an old friend had stopped by to chat for a few days. This reminded me of a funny article entitled, “How Going To Church Is Like a Football Game.” I hope you enjoy this as much as I did:
Quarterback Sneak – Church members quietly leaving during the invitation.
Draw Play – What many children do with the bulletin during worship.
Halftime – The time between Sunday School & Worship when many choose to leave.
Benchwarmer – Those who do not sing, pray, work, or apparently do anything but sit.
Backfield-in-Motion – Making a trip to the back (restroom…etc…) during the service.
Staying in the Pocket – What happens to the money that should be given to the Lord’s work.
2-minute Warning – When you realize the sermon is almost over and you prepare to leave.
Instant Replay – The preacher loses his notes and falls back on last week’s illustrations.
Sudden Death – What happens to the attention span if the preacher goes “overtime.”
Trap Play (my favorite) – You’re called on for closing prayer and are STILL asleep.
End Run – Getting out quickly, without speaking to any guest or fellow member.
Flex Defense – The ability to allow nothing said during the sermon to affect your life.
Halfback Option – The decision of 50% of the people not to return for the prayer meeting.
Blitz – The rush for the restaurants and activities following the closing prayer.
Long before the Colts arrived in Indiana, my favorite player was Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts. About 20 years ago my new favorite Colt became a member of the Indianapolis Colts. I am withholding his name because he is part of our trivia contest for this week. (Hint: He was the Super Bowl winning Head Coach.)
Another of my most-liked players never played for the Colts franchise, but he was an incredible individual, both on and off the field. His very name struck fear in the hearts of opposing teams. Reggie White retired as the all-time sack leader in professional football. However, it was not his abilities on the field that interested me, as much as his labors off of the field. His non-gridiron interests led to his nickname found in our article title. The Minister of Defense had his priorities in order, as he shared this statement in a dialogue called, Faith that Never Fumbled:
“I always believed, since I was a kid, that God was going to allow me to play professional football to use it as a platform to proclaim and to live out the name of Jesus, and that is the most exciting part about my life…”
In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), this platform is referred to as literally “as you are going.” In other words, bloom where you are planted! This is what Reggie White did before, during, and after he retired from football. This is what he was doing on the morning of December 26, 2004, when his platform was elevated to a new Home in Glory, as God called Reggie to join Him in Heaven.
“The sun was shining bright the day they laid Reggie White to rest. It should have been… Reggie White was a beacon of light, a man of hope and duty, going off to meet the God he lived to serve.”
To wrap things up … Football is fun; friends are great; and families are a blessing… But our FAITH is FOREVER! So, keep your platform as a priority, and never let what you do in fulfilling the mission become the mission.
Now, let’s conclude with our football-themed trivia questions for this week:
- Who was the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl-winning head coach?
2. Last week, the Colts had two second-round picks…Who was their first pick of the second round (#34 overall)?
3. Google the answer to #2, adding “Athletes for God” to his name in order to fill in the following blank… ‘I am a starting receiver at USC. I am also a ________________.’
Sincerely Utilizing God’s platform for me,
**Be the 4th one to text Pat (317-474-5623) the correct answers (all 3) to the above questions to win. One text per person!