As I watch the World Series, I think about how we Americans use sports as an escape to help take the sting out of the tougher things that we have to go through.
I do it. So does most everyone I know.
Occasionally, ESPN will do a human interest story about a young person battling a terminal illness who is found rooting for his favorite team up until his final hours. These stories make me sad. Is sports all there is? Viewers without faith are left to wonder, “Is there any way to find peace when life finds us down by three with two out in the bottom of the ninth?”
Fortunately, there is!
When faced with dire circumstances, we have to reach higher than the next game to find peace and purpose. It’s in times like these that we have to rely on our faith to see us through.
It’s too bad that it’s become politically incorrect to talk about faith in Jesus on these programs yet for the record, I believe that God is always there. C’mon now, really? Isn’t he just too loving and powerful to be absent from the unedited version of the story? God finds his way into every hurting heart that is open to his comfort and presence, does he not?
Just because the final edits of a program cut the hero out of the story, doesn’t mean he’s not there. 🙂
Life is serious. The world has serious difficulties that we must go through. Jesus said, “In this world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. In the grand scheme of things, it is a temporary comfort to learn that your team has won, but it’s infinitely more significant that Jesus battled sin and death and won for all time.
He’s truly life’s Most Valuable Player.
Something to think about.