You can find inspiration in the big game on Sunday

Notes from the Church Lady

By Debra Whittington

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…1 Timothy 4:7


This weekend features one of the greatest sporting events of the year, seen by millions around the world. It is the Super Bowl featuring two teams who worked hard all year to get to this point. There are those who only watch this one game and know nothing of the events that transpired getting these two teams to the ultimate football game of the year.

I encourage those who care nothing about football to keep reading beyond this point. This column is about much more than a game with a ball. A person can compare it with the game of life and what we are willing to do to reach our goal as Christians. All Christians long to hear Jesus say, “…Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things”.” (Matthew 25:21)

This Super Bowl reaches far beyond the sport of football. For you animal lovers, one network is featuring the “Kitty Bowl” that will spotlight cute little kittens and their antics. For wives who are ready for the season to finally be over, I heard about various parties held for women only. Of course there are those who only watch the game for the wide range of entertaining commercials while others will wait for the day after to see the favorite commercials on the news.

It is important to realize God made each of us different and unique for His glory. I encourage reading 1 Corinthians 12 which mentions some of the numerous spiritual gifts given to Christians. In verses 4-6 it reads: “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all”.

God made His believers different so they can use their individual gifts for His glory. It is all believers who work together in love that make the church successful. More important it is the love among the believers that speaks to the world. Jesus taught us how important it is to love one another. In John 13:34-35 Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another”.

Part of our love for one another is acceptance of our various interests. As long as those interests aren’t contrary to God’s Word, they can be helpful in opening a dialogue with someone who doesn’t know Jesus. The common ground we have with our neighbors, classmates, fellow workers, etc. is a great way to develop friendships and sometime a way to tell them about Jesus.

Yes, I love football and I will be among the millions of people watching the game this Sunday. Yes, I have a favorite team playing that I have cheered on for numerous years and which I hope will be the next Super Bowl Champion.

More important, I have many more interests and have a deep desire to share Jesus with others through them. I pray none of us get so caught up with earthly things that we lose sight of the ultimate victory…eternity with Jesus in heaven. I long for the victory written in 1 Timothy 8: “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”.


Debra Whittington is a longtime

resident of Tucumcari.

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