Cheer for your team. As loudly as you’d like.
But don’t belittle the opposing team. It’s wrong.
Give respect to your opponent, not degradation. They are people, too.
Show school pride.
But don’t be proud.
Arrogance is ugly.
Don’t think you deserve the win.
Or are entitled to a title.
Humility wins the day, regardless of the scoreboard.
Any favor you have—even hard work and talented players—is a gift of grace.
As sure as it comes, it can surely go.
It’s not yours to brag on, but yours to gracefully steward.
The game isn’t in your control as much as you think.
You’re at the mercy of others. Of time. Of luck.
You are at the mercy of God; you don’t have him at the mercy of you.
Be competitive but kind.
Ambitious but merciful.
Opponents but friends.
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This applies not only to football.
Not only to sports.
But also to churches. To families. To individuals.
Eventually your team will lose.
Your spouse will argue.
Your body will fail.
Your health isn’t yours. Your relationships aren’t yours. Your religion isn’t yours.
All belong to God.
He’s letting you represent.
It’s God’s grace that will never end.
It’s his love that endures forever.
If you must brag, brag on that.
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As football fans of deep rivalries head into competition, including Auburn and Alabama gearing up for the Iron Bowl next Saturday, may neither fan base inflame the other into anger with excessive smack talk. Let’s have fun, but keep it respectful.
Ask these two groups. Last Sunday the Auburn University Gospel Choir and the University of Alabama Afro-American Gospel Ensemble joined voices again for their yearly concert. For over twenty years they’ve come together to sing—odd years in Auburn, even years in Tuscaloosa—praising God in unison.
Not only is it possible, it is divine.
(If you can’t view the video, click here)
The LORD says, “The wise should not boast of their wisdom, nor the strong of their strength, nor the rich of their wealth.
If any want to boast, they should boast that they know and understand me, because my love is constant, and I do what is just and right. These are the things that please me. I, the LORD, have spoken.”
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (GNB)
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