Are You Ready To Play In The Super Bowl?

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Who doesn’t want to be a champion, especially on this Super Bowl Sunday, right?

My preacher had a great sermon today so I thought I’d share the highlights. So thanks, Tom, for inspiring this post. He entitled it SUPER BOWL CHRISTIANS. Don’t you love the title and wouldn’t we all love to be a Super Bowl Christian. Being a Super Bowl Christian might mean different things to different people but there’s a few things we all need to do if we want to become one.

DESIRE: You can’t win the game if you don’t care about it. Psalm 42: 1 says, As the deer pants for the streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God”  To be a Super Bowl Christian, we should desire a relationship with God above all else. 

DISCIPLINE: To be all that we can be, we must endure a little discipline in life, sometimes self-displine but also from others. (Just ask the Army!) Discipline is not a bad thing. Hebrews 12: 7 tells us,  “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father.” To be a Super Bowl Christian, we must accept and learn from the discipline, not be made angry, frustrated, or bitter.

DETERMINATION: This step is about focus and commitment. Lots of people start lots of things every day, but it takes determination to finish. Proverbs 24: 16 says it all, “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”  To be a Super Bowl Christian, you’ve got to get back in the game no matter how many times you fall.

DENIAL: This is a painful one–because it’s about self-denial.Something we’re not very good at these days. We want what we want when we want it, and we don’t want to sacrifice anything to get it. .Paul tells us in Romans 12: 1, ” Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.”   Each time we make a sacrifice as we run our race, we move a little closer to the goal line. To be a Super Bowl Christian, you must be willing to sacrifce.

DISTINCTION If we follow the other four steps to the best of our ability, then we will have completed the race we were given to run. We will live a life of excellence, a life pleasing to God. As Paul said in Phillipians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”. And we, too, can say we are a Super Bowl Christian.

Can you even begin to imagine what your life might be like if you practice these four steps consistently and to the best of your ability in your writing life as well (or whatever dream you are pursuing)?

You might start that story you’ve been wanting to write.

You might finish that story that’s been sitting dormant for so long.

You might edit, revise, and polish so that it’s ready to submit.

And you might just obtain that illusive goal of being a published writer.

Now that I’m published I still want to write the best story I can. My writing is my ministry, and because of that I want to do it as well as I can. To be a Super Bowl Champion means to live the life of excellence God calls each of us to live.

Any other ideas what we need to do to live a life of excellence?


Does God Care About the SUPER BOWL?


I am NOT a sports fan or sports nut. Of course, I love my Cleveland teams—win or lose. Good thing, since they mostly lose….. but that’s a story for another day.

From Little League games up through the pros, you will see teams on the field or in the locker room, on their knees praying. That always made me wonder…does God pick sides in sports?


I don’t know the answer to that question, but I suspect not. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t care about the game, the players, and everyone else involved. We know he cares about the smallest details of our lives.

So what does God care about when it comes to sports in general and the Super Bowl?  Of course, He cares about the physical and spiritual well-being of all involved, but I think there’s a few other things.

INTEGRITY is the first thing that comes to mind. In this days when we get disappointed time after time by our athletic heroes, (can someone say Lance Armstrong?), it’s a wonderful thing when athletes live the principles they speak of (can someone say Tim Tebow?)

EXCELLENCE at whatever we do. Whether an athlete, a teacher, or a parent, God honors those who choose to live a life of excellence. That doesn’t mean being the best or never making a mistake. It means doing the best you can with what you have.

ATTITUDES are important to God. Come Sunday, a team will win and a team will lose. The attitude in which we do either makes a difference to those around us. We can’t choose our circumstances, but we can choose how to react to them.

So, it seems there are still lessons to be learned from sports. What about you? Besides integrity, excellence, and attitudes, what other lessons can we learn?


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I know a little about football–the operative word being a little. I’ve watched it my whole life and still…..I get confused!  Oh, well my Browns aren’t in the Super Bowl this year–but there’s always next year….right?

Anyway, here’s a funny skit in honor of SUPER BOWL WEEK.  It will make you smile maybe even chuckle.


God Bless and Good Reading!