Sitting on the bleachers on a warm autumn evening where gray clouds with pink streaks reflect the setting sun brings feelings of joy and contentment. What is even better is why I’m there. I’m supporting my nine year old grandson as he plays football. Whether he makes a touchdown, or a game winning tackle, or sits on the bench, this grandma’s heart is just as happy to see him turn, spot me and wave. He knows he’s loved and supported. For me to take the time to watch a game I don’t understand just so I can see him speaks volumes of validation to him.
I try to watch the game, but really I’m just watching Anthony. He may be in line for the kickoff or at the sidelines kicking dust. All he does concerns me for I care for him deeply. For me, the glory of the game is my grandson. We raised him for five years, journeying with him through toddlerhood. Now we still journey with him through every stage of his life. We marvel as he matures into manhood.
Think of the love the Father has for you as He watches with deep concern and care. Whether you are in the middle of an intense game seeing action or on the sidelines, you can impact others for the kingdom. One kind word or gesture, one drink to a thirsty soul, blocking the enemies advance in someones life, or giving a hug or a pat on the shoulder to show you are there being part of the team.
The word glory has many meanings: magnificence, honor from notable achievements, praise to God, or take great pride in. I’ve seen a football player make a touchdown and kneel giving honor and glory to God. That’s a double demonstration of glory. “ You are a shield about me, the glory and the lifter of my head.” (Psalm 3:3) Psalm 18 talks about the Lord being a champion of my cause. The Lord is the champion, no matter which way the game goes. I choose to be on the winning side.
Back to the game, I can’t even tell who has the ball most of the time, It’s such a scramble I don’t know how they know who to tackle. I don’t know why they move those poles up and down the sidelines. I do like the fact that their apparel keeps them protected. (That’s probably not a good way to describe their clothes, how about outfit? Probably not good either.) OKI have it, their football uniform is conducive to protection and keeping them safe. Ephesians 6 talks about the armor of God that keeps you safe from the enemies attack. It’s even better to see this protection over our your young one’s heart, mind, and body.
Of course, the glory of the game does not compare with God’s glory. Football is temporary fame and passing glory. God’s glory is unfathomable and unending. Jesus gives life to the lost, hope to the hurting, blessing to the broken, restoration to the torn and peace in the pain.
It’s fun to revel in a temporary glory, acknowledging the player, their value and success. Even if they don’t win every game, they are winners for their effort and engagement. And we are winners for the love and support we give our young ones as they tackle the glorious game of life as they run with perseverance the race marked out for them. (See Hebrews 12:1-2)
Anthony’s biggest fan, Debbie
Sam is a businessman, writer, entertainer, speaker, husband, father to six children, grandfather and great grandfather. Sam graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in phychology and drama and pursued a degree in Broadcasting from Illinois Central College with graduate level studies at Christian Leadership University. Sam is the creator of Granpa Cratchet, one of the most successful touring shows in the history of the live events industry. Millions of people see Granpa every year all across the United States at fairs and festivals. His characters have appeared on every major network: Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show (4 times). Sam and his characters have made over 500 local appearances and on all the major networks; NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, PBN, The LeSea Network, The PTL Network and Praise the Lord. They currently appear all around the world every week on YouTube and Facebook, and on several satellite networks via the Kidz Television Network and The Captain Hook (children's) Show.