Wanting To Seize The Moments For Jesus
I understand this year’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers is old news but before we move out of February there is something I feel the need to address. The game itself was ok, if you are a fan of good defensive football; which I am. However, that is not what I want to address. In this game there were several players who profess to be evangelical Christians. Now, even if you see no value in the sport of football you have to know that the players of this particular football game are given an audience seldom afforded in today’s world. That is especially true for the quarterbacks on each team; Peyton Manning and Cam Newton. Both of these men had an even greater platform because of special circumstances in each man’s life. Peyton Manning was coming to the end of a great career and Cam Newton had just been named the leagues most valuable player. Win or loose, every eye would be on these men and every ear would attend to their words and actions. The tragedy of what happened was of missed opportunity.
Peyton Manning, the winning quarterback on finishing what everyone believed to be his last game, had the opportunity to influence even casual sports fans for the Lord. Instead, he took the moment to promote the drinking of beer. Cam Newton, on losing, had the opportunity to show God’s grace but instead he acted as a spoiled child. Each lost a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to direct the lost to Jesus.
What bothers me most about this is the awareness of opportunities to lift up Jesus that I have let pass. While certainly not on a grand stage, each lost opportunity could have redirected a lost soul and each redirected soul could have redirected others. The players mentioned may have other opportunities but they will not have the one that just passed. We cannot regain lost moments but we can look to the opportunities God places before us today and seize them.
Wanting to seize the moments for Jesus,