At this point, Super Bowl 50 has come and gone and the battle of Blue vs. Orange has been determined. The hype, predictions and speculations over which team would win was everywhere and having so many friends that live in the south, Blue was the color of choice. My team didn’t make it as usual so this game did not hold any special meaning until I heard this whisper in my ear… “Is God the touchdown in your end zone?” Sometimes life is like that – we are either in the game or not and we hear whispers! 🙂
We spend our lives making our way to the end zone. Our days are marked by plays that move us down the field, out of bounds or ones plagued by penalties that take us farther away from our goal. Plays can be spectacular or average but daily life is like that. We don’t experience many of the spectacular plays, but most of us still strive for the end zone. We seek that touchdown or goal that signals we have made it. But have we really “made it” if at the end of our striving, God isn’t there?
So let’s ask ourselves these questions… Is God the touchdown in your end zone? Is He the final play you seek as the game of your life comes to a close? How will you strategize and fill your playbook as you look ahead? Finally, how will you handle the penalties of life that lead you off the field or in the wrong direction?
We spend our lives focusing on ourselves, family, a job and perhaps God. We mix up our priorities and cling to a “me first” attitude before we even consider others in the equation. We decide what we want, need and how we are going to attain those things. Little consideration is given at times for the bigger picture that includes everything outside of ourselves. We read in Ecclesiastes that it is folly to spend our whole life toiling after things that never truly reward us with that big touchdown.
Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:11
What do we gain when our focus is one sided, searching for the bigger and better plays that we are sure will deliver? Are we just managing or are we living out the plays in our playbook that God has carefully written and thought out before we were born?
When our sights are on the seen, we end up missing the intimate details and vision of a future that is brighter because God is our ultimate goal. We stumble when life gets hard and we don’t know how to find the clear direction that will lead us back on track. We plan until we can’t plan anymore, but we are not able to strategize every scenario and solution by ourselves. We grab for happiness that is really a figment of our imagination. Our lives don’t have a clear purpose and going through the motions is all we know how to do. We stay stuck on the twenty yard line for years instead of moving forward into new and glorious beginnings.
When the final play arrives for my life, I want to know that God is the touchdown in my end zone because I chose Him as my Lord and Savior. I asked Him to be the keeper of my playbook and I followed the plays that He knew would be best for my life-penalities and all.
I believed not even knowing what was next.
We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor. 5:6-7
I loved others rather than just myself.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39
We reap the reward of eternal life when we seek God’s glory and not our own. Our final play will be meeting Jesus face to face. Now that is a touchdown that I cannot wait to make!
Is God your final play on the path to glory? How will you hand over full control of your life’s playbook?
Choosing God and heading to the end zone!
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