A Bible passage for the Grand Final teams

I love the AFL Grand Final. Each year I watch all the lead up programs and sit on the couch and watch the whole game. Whether my team is playing or not I really enjoy it.

As I was reading Isaiah 40 today I thought if I was playing I would write these verses on my forearm strapping so I could read them during the game…

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 NLT)

That would give me strength and encouragement if my energy was flagging.

As my team is not playing I do not have a clear favourite I am going for. I really like Hawthorn as a team, and since they lost the Grand Final last year I would not mind if they won. In saying that though, I am from WA where the Fremantle Dockers are from, so I should go for them too.

Either way I hope it is a great game and the best team wins. I just hope both teams kick accurately and it is won by good play rather than missed set shots.

God Bless,

Worshipping sports stars

I was watching an interview with Sachin Tendulkar on the cricket coverage yesterday. It was interesting to hear what his life is like in India. He can hardly leave his home in India as he is so popular and people mob him wherever he goes. From the interview it sounded like he preferred to be away from home as he more of a chance to relax and have time alone.

This made me think about how at times we idolise our sports stars. It is to the point that in some cases we worship them. From a very young age many of them are mobbed by adoring fans, bucket loads of money is thrown at them and they are treated like royalty. Is it any wonder that some of them go off track?

Now I love my sport just as much as the next guy, probably more to be honest. But I think we need to keep our adulation in check. We can admire our sports heroes and respect their ability, but it has to fall a long way short of worship.

The Bible tells us that we should worship God and Him alone (Exodus 20:3). When we put our sports stars on a high pedistool and give them worship, it sets them up for a big fall as people were not ever intended to be worshipped. More importantly though, it robs God of what should belong to Him alone.