It’s that time of year again! Summer has drawn to a close. It’s time for the Friday night lights of high school football!
This past weekend marked the opening night of Friday night high school football.
I went to the Memorial vs. Central high school game here in Tulsa. I went in support of the Chargers. It was the perfect night for football! The temperature was in the low 80s. The boys were dressed in pads and helmets. The girls were adorned in skirts and pompoms. And the band was clad in brass and percussion. Hot dogs, nachos and snow cones were among the foods of choice found throughout the stands. Children ran playfully along the bleachers. It was hometown entertainment at its finest. And especially since they won! 🙂 Go Chargers!
I had so much fun that I went for round two Saturday night as our hometown University of Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane took on San Jose State’s Spartans. Another victorious night of football!
Both games had 11 players at a time on each side of the field. Both games had ample that amount on the sidelines hoping and waiting to get their chance under the lights. To not just be a part of the team, but to play on the field under the lights as the team. Each team’s roster held more players than the field did.
If you think about it, life is very similar to football. There are way more of us Christians signed up than actually are participating in the game. The game of life. There are many sitting on the sidelines. Watching. Just watching. Content. As others participate. They show up to participate on Easter and Christmas. No more. They aren’t in the game to win. Their hearts are elsewhere.
Even though many are listed on the roster, only a few truly play the game. With their bodies and souls. Just listen to the announcer. It doesn’t take long to realize a select few ARE the team. You’ll hear their number called out repeatedly. I don’t know about you, but I want to be on God’s team. I want Him to know my number, to call out my name.
Let’s all BE the team. Let’s all participate to our fullest each and every day. Let’s all not just be content being on God’s roster, let’s be amongst those out on His playing field. Under the big lights. Getting a little dirty. Getting hurt every now and again. Defeating our enemy every chance that we get. Showing the world that we are victorious. Letting the world know whose side we are on. Showing all that the victory will never take place in the dark, but in the bright lights. Jesus is the light of the world.
Let’s all let God equip us for victory. Together we can defeat our enemies. Through teamwork. There’s no I in team. After all, it’s already been decided. The battle is already won.
Here’s to Friday night lights! May the best team win! I know which team I am fully supporting, I hope you do too! 🙂
For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me. Psalm 18:39
Love and laughter,