Super Bowl!!  With all the hype of this weekends game, I can’t help but think of football. I’ll admit, I’m one of the 24% who mainly tune in for the half-time show and commercials. Coldplay, Lady GaGa…Yea!

But, the GAME-the Win – is what the hype is really about. The teams are already champions in their division. But, one team will go one step further and become Super Bowl Champions. A lot took place before arriving on this final leg of the journey.

A major part of a winning team is the playbook. The coaches study, strategize, diagram, outline plays for each individual position. The players study these plays over and over. They implement them in practice. They study, memorize, practice until they know them in their sleep. When they go out on the field for a game, they feel prepared for victory. They have all of their football armor on, helmets, pads, mouth guards and their teammates. In football, there are major positions, but for a victory, it takes the whole team working together.

Once on the field, the goal is to carry the ball, pass the ball, guard the ball or stop the ball. It only takes one fumble, dropping the ball,  to change the course of the game. Games are won and lost on the playing fields. But,  training and conditioning happens off field to prepare the players for the game.

Life can be like that, too. We, as believers, carry a ball and have a playbook. We carry the ball of Christianity and our playbook is the Bible. As with football, our conditioning and training happens before the victory. We have to study the playbook, learn the lessons in the playbook, live by the playbook, most importantly – BELIEVE the playbook.

If we take our eye off the “prize” and drop the ball, we too can be defeated. In life, this can be when we stray too far into the world. Something happens and we question God. When we don’t get the answer we want, our faith weakens. We get overwhelmed with the penalties of life, that we lose site of the eternal victory.

Like in a football playbook, a coach and player cannot just flip through it and pick and choose what seems good at the time or the easiest play. With each game, the coaches and players have to study the opposing team. They have to choose the plays that give the most chance of defeating the opponent and winning the trophy.

We too, as belivers, have to prepare to fight the evils of this world. The ones that want to defeat us, weaken our faith, discourage us, mock us, laugh at us and cause us to give up the fight. But, if we continue to study the plays in our playbook, memorize them, use them, believe them, share them, wear them as armor, we will overcome, defeat and be victorious. We will receive our Super Trophy in eternity.

Blessings and hugs…

Philippians 3:12-14New International Version (NIV)

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.



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