Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Just Being There

Someone recently made a comment to me about the Ohio State Buckeyes' football team. They referred to them as the "Buffalo Bills" of college football. They are obviously referring to the fact that the Bills lost four straight Super Bowls and Ohio State has lost the last two National Championship games.

A friend of mine, Brian Keel puts out an incredible weekly devotional via email. His latest one addresses this topic in a great way. I hope you enjoy!

It’s been an interesting twelve month cycle for sports fans in Ohio. It all started in January of 2007 when the Ohio State Buckeyes laid a giant egg in the BCS football championship game. Ohio State then played the same Florida Gators in the final game of the NCAA basketball tournament, and lost. Then the Cleveland Cavaliers made an improbable run to the NBA finals, and lost. The Cleveland Indians made the American League Championship Series and came “this close”, but lost. To top off this incredible run of near misses, Ohio State returned to the BCS football championship game a few weeks ago…… and lost.

Hopefully you noticed that I said it was an interesting year, not a terrible year. No, no trophies were won, no banners were raised, and no parades were held. Even so it was a great time to be a fan. The entire season and postseason were relevant and exciting. Was it a success? Not by some standards I’m sure. But as I told more than one co-worker, “All I know is your team; the _______ weren’t even in the game!”

Psalm 84:10 says “better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere”. We might only get one brief mountaintop experience in our faith walk, like Peter, James and John experienced with Moses, Elijah and Jesus. I don’t anticipate a trophy, a banner or a parade at the end of my life. But being there that one time is enough! Enough to make it all worthwhile.

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