If Bert Bell were still alive today, he’d be surprised to see how the game that he helped launch over 70 years ago has changed.

Bert Bell was the commissioner of the National Football League from 1946 until 1959. According to Wikipedia, “he helped make the NFL the most financially sound sports enterprise and preeminent sports attraction in the United States.”

Chances are you’ve never heard of Bert Bell until just now. But if you’re a football fan, you have Bell and others to thank for the joy of following your favorite team. The pioneers of the gridiron created a reason for you to scream and yell like a mad man in front of your TV every weekend in the fall.

What would we do without a team to cheer for? Ever ponder that one? I wonder if Bert had any idea of what would come from his early efforts?

In the Old Testament, the prophet Zechariah tells us that a man named Zerubabbel was commissioned by God to rebuild the temple that had been demolished by the Romans. The work had stalled out. The task seemed more than daunting. Rebuilding the temple with no bulldozers or power equipment was an impossible task that required a leader who would muster the collective strength and resolve of the people to get the job done. Zerubabbel succeeded in his mission only as he relied on the power of the Holy Spirit to encourage him to keep on, keeping on.

As it is written:

“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the LORD of hosts.

and later

“The hands of Zerubbabel
Have laid the foundation of this temple;
His hands shall also finish it.
Then you will know
That the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.
For who has despised the day of small things? Zechariah 4: 8-10

So how did Zerubabbel and the Israelites remove all the rubble on which the new temple would be built? With their bare hands, of course. One broken brick at a time. I’m sure that it seemed like an impossible task. One that would have taken a miracle to complete, but that of course is the point.

God is the author of “small beginnings” and what he has called you to, he will complete in his time.

Is God calling you to a seemingly impossible task that he wants you to perform? If so, don’t focus on the challenge but on the one who completes what he begins.

Something to think about.

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