GAME TIME

You have waited. Kick off finally came. So how goes it with your team? Is a perfect season in your grasp or are 'your' boys already out of the hunt? Hanging on to a shred of hope or are you looking to support your conference? Funny thing about that oblong piece of pigskin, you just can never tell which way the ball will bounce. But any given weekend, there is always the possibility of a game changer or even a season changer.

“Football Is an honest game. It's true to life. It's a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.” Those rather philosophical words were not spoken by a sage like Don Shula or Tom Landry but rather by Joe Namath. “Broadway Joe,” the showboating quarterback of the '70's that lead the New York Jets to the Superbowl, was known more for his glitz and glamor than for his philosophical outlook. Yet he understood how important a team is to football and to life.

How many times in a loss have the fingers been pointed at the quarterback or one missed play or a fumble? If Joe was right, then we have been looking at things all wrong – both on the field and off.

I spent two seasons on the sidelines of a new high school's football team as their chaplain. In two years they won just one game – the first one they played. The team learned that it was never just one person's fault – the blame never fell on one set of shoulders. And in the third season, when they began to win and went to the playoffs – (and game changers appeared) everyone held their heads high.

Let me ask you this – who is winning in your family? Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has said, “If everyone in the family isn't winning, then someone is losing.” How about your business? Are all the employees on the team or just a few? If the company is 'winning', is everyone? Are you waiting for a game changer?

In life, you can wait, point fingers and manipulate all you want but I can tell you that there is already a game changer on the field. A true game changing player does not desire to take all the credit, because they know they cannot. “The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5-7, GNB).

I suggest where ever you are – get off the bench and go after Jesus – every day has the potential to be a game changer. It is GAME TIME!

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