My Favorite Team

I’m a HUGE San Francisco Giants fan, and have been since the womb, lol. I have some misguided friends who love the Oakland A’s 😉 , and even worse I have friends who don’t even watch baseball! (???) Whether you know me personally or via the world-wide web, I leave little to the imagination when it comes to where I stand. I talk about the team, wear their gear, and I’ve even been known to sport some bright orange nail polish on my toes! It brings me great pleasure to know that my enthusiasm has rubbed off on my basketball-loving husband, and I experience a sense of jubilant pride with every win.   Today was no exception for me as The Giants advanced to the NLCS!  At the end of their victory I shouted with glee, clapped my daughter’s hands, and took to social media to post the wonderful news.   In the midst of all my sharing I realized that as far as sports teams go we all have a tendency to ”represent” to the fullest.  This is great and all, but then I had a thought. Am I as bold when it comes to representing Christ?

I don’t hide my faith by any means, but there have certainly been occasions where I’ve shied away from the topic, instead of sharing my love for God and all He’s done for me.  I’m not talking about those instances where Holy Spirit intervenes and tells me to use wisdom, but there have been missed opportunities.  I’ve missed chances to share my testimony and the indescribable joy that comes with knowing there’s eternal life through Jesus Christ. Funny that I can’t recall a time I’ve ever hesitated to share my solidarity to my favorite team…

Leisure activities are a great deal of fun, but in the big picture what do I gain from my allegiance to certain franchises or celebrities?  Why are we willing to go hoarse at a rally or event, but it seems like a chore for some of us to praise the Lord with the same exuberance?  If someone were to ask you why you cheered for “fill-in-the-blank” I’m sure the reasons would roll right off your tongue. Does the same hold true when you’re asked about Jesus?  Do you know why He’s such an important part of your life? Have you ever denied your close relationship with Him because you’ve feared a negative outcome?  

I’m not posing these questions to badger you, but because they’re worth being asked and answered.  Trust me when I say I’ve done my share of reflecting as well. I like being the person that some of my friends regard as the baseball aficionado, with facts and game summaries to update even the most novice fan.  But do I take my knowledge of Our Almighty Father beyond my circle of comfort?  Do you?

As you go about your days and the athletic seasons change, please be reminded that there is only one constant.  The constant and unconditional love of the One who died for you and I, and was never too ashamed to share His love for us with the world.  Don’t be ashamed shine as you represent Him!!

Matthew 5:15-16 (NKJV)                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

WHO’S TEAM ARE YOU ON?

 

0 thoughts on “My Favorite Team

  1. Now Team Jesus is one I can get excited about. I didn’t gain any appreciation for sports of any kind until I became a photojournalist, and I have to admit that baseball/softball were my least favorite to shoot. There is so much dead time between exciting shots, and you have to be really on top of the game if you are going to get a good shot. Now basketball is my favorite to shoot because it is nonstop action. I love to shoot football as well, but numerous tackles took me out of that sport. Ugh.
    But I totally understand what you mean about showing enthusiasm – why is it easier to shout with a bunch of strangers over possession of a ball than it is to shout for possession of a heart and soul?
    Thank you for reminding me what is truly important. 🙂

    1. I didn’t know about your photojournalism Darla. What an interesting perspective to look at each sport through the lens of a camera. It’s funny because I’m not such a basketball fan. It’s too much back and forth, and I prefer to tune in for the last few minutes of the game or just watch the highlights. But I grew up playing fastpitch tournament softball from age 7-17 (and a year in college), so for me I’m so engaged with every single pitch and play. 🙂

      I like what you said here “why is it easier to shout with a bunch of strangers over possession of a ball than it is to shout for possession of a heart and soul?” Whew that just summed it up nicely! Still mulling it over… 😉

      Thank you for reading and I pray you have a wonderful weekend!

      With love in Christ,

      Patricia

      1. I never really thought about it, but you are right – I do base my attitude about sports Through the Lens! I guess I base my attitudes about a lot of life’s moments that way – I guess that is why I am a photographer. For me, it is all about capturing that perfect shot, and in sports photojournalism, you may shoot several hundred shots searching for that perfect “front page” moment!
        I too am mulling over what I wrote – never ceasing to be a bit more Christ Like each and every day!
        I hope you too have a wonderful and blessed weekend Patricia!

        1. Patricia, with so many blogs to look at each day, I am not surprised you missed my bio. 🙂 I can’t keep everybody straight – yet. But I think my aged brain may have some bearings on that problem.

  2. I agree, we all should shine for Jesus. We love our human heroes and athletes but the one we should love the most is the one who loved us first and generously with his life to save us. Great post my friend. I’m inspired every time.

    1. It’s far too easy to get caught up in idolizing the famous, perhaps thinking that they have it all. The truth of the matter is that we have everything we need and more through Christ, and our love for Him should reflect that appreciation at all times.

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