As I write this it’s Saturday morning and ESPN’s College Game Day is playing in the background (now muted ;-). I love college football. There is something authentic about this level of the sport. There are game day traditions in tailgating, apparel and for some face and body painting; stadium traditions of chants and songs, running onto the field, marching bands and mascots (Go Dawgs! Woof! Woof! Woof!). Most of all there is the game; athletes displaying their skill, working together as they struggle against opposition to make a score and to end the game with a win.
All of this draws from us enthusiasm, support and devotion. As fans, we play a valuable role, sometimes even influencing the outcome of the game. The energy, the cheering of the fans can inspire a higher level of performance that is needed to propel them on to victory.
To be a partner can often illicit a similar level of enthusiasm and dedication. Find a ministry, a mission, a cause you can become a fan of – partner with them. As you do, know that your involvement can and does make a difference.
Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel is an acquaintance. When he was in high school he would occasionally attend the youth group where I was the youth pastor. In his junior year at Florida he came and spoke at a youth event. During it he did some Q & A.
This was one month after the Gators lost the Sugar Bowl of 1995. A person asked the question, What was it like to lose the Sugar Bowl? Danny had a strong response. He said, “It wasn’t fun but let’s get one thing straight. I am going to have good days where I am throwing touchdowns and winning. I am going to have bad days where I am sacked and throw some interceptions and lose. Know this, my life isn’t built upon football. My life is built upon my relationship with Jesus Christ and that is what I live for.”
Something good to remember for all of us and I became of bigger fan of Danny in that moment. The next season he took Florida to a national championship and he won the Heisman.
Reflect: What struggles or opposition are you facing? How are you staying in the game? Who is your biggest fan?