Let’s face it, fall is the best season of the year. There is something about the leaves changing color and the specific smell that fills the air only in October it seems like. Meanwhile, people are going berserk over Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, that TV series starting back up again, and we all have that one friend who is reminding us the exact number of days until Christmas is here. However, there is one specific thing about Fall that people crave more than anything else. In fact, 2/3rds of Americans indulge themselves in this on a weekly basis, usually for 2-4 days of the week and of the top 35 watched Fall TV shows in America this sport alone was 34 of them, That is crazy!!! The sport of football has the hearts of Americans captured. There is no other sport where you can plaster yourself onto your leather couch and watch football from 11am to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday. It doesn’t even matter if it’s the Jets and 49ers, people are glued to the TV. Not only that, but there’s an app where you can make your own team of players and it provides an even bigger incentive to watch all the games throughout the week.
Every year, I find that Fall is the most trying time for me in my faith. There are so many people, myself included that can easily fall into the trap of football. There is nothing wrong with the sport of football, but the problem is when we crave football in our hearts more than the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, football is the biggest idol in the United States during this time and with the recent controversies surrounding the sport there is a spotlight on it now more than ever. So as followers of Christ how do we properly handle this?
1) Take some time to examine your heart.
This is one of the healthiest steps you can take DAILY as a follower of Christ. Search in the depths for anything that may be taking your attention away from Him.
2) Psalm 16:11 says, “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forever more.”
Ask yourself if your heart is searching for the fullness of joy that only Christ can give you? Remember when the Broncos won the Super Bowl 2 seasons ago; are you still celebrating that victory? Absolutely not! That’s why Patriots fans are some of the most miserable people on earth, because their Super Bowl trophies don’t fulfill their joy outside of that moment when they won them (I just had to throw that in there). But it’s true!
3) If you find yourself, focused more on football (or any other idol) than the Lord, come to a place of repentance in your heart.
How I like to do this is by getting on my hands and knees and start telling the Lord how deeply sorry I am for putting something before him and ask for his forgiveness.
4) Make the decision this weekend not to indulge in football.
Start by waking up, reading his word and spending time in prayer. Church>>> Jets vs 49ers… Go to church!!! Watch the Broncos game and then spend time with family or friends instead of watching the Sunday night game.
Lord, thank you for giving your precious life so that we may live in freedom for eternity! Today, we choose to serve and honor you above all things including football. And as we do this, Lord, would you be so gracious to give us understanding of the depths of your love and joy. You are a good, good Father and we can’t possibly thank you or repay you enough for that! We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus! Amen.