Today is one of the biggest days of the year in American sports: The Super Bowl. Both the 49ers and the Chiefs have storied histories with legendary players and Super Bowl victories, but both have a recent history of coming up short when it comes to the ultimate prize: The Lombardi Trophy.
The 49ers went 4-12 during the 2018-19 season, and the Chiefs came within a game of the Super Bowl a season ago (Saints fans can attest to how agonizing getting that close feels when you fall short). Even though both came into this season dealing with different baggage from last year, both teams would attribute their current position to a refusal to let the defeats of last year define them as a team this year.
One of the best things about sports for fans (and athletes too), is watching the product of a refusal to avoid hard work and the overcoming of adversity to achieve the ultimate goal playing out week after week.
Scripture draws many parallels between the struggles in our spiritual life to the physical struggle of athletes training to compete. Athletes don’t make it to NFL, or teams to the Super Bowl without putting in the blood, sweat, and tears that come with preparing to strive for that ultimate goal.
Use this Super Sunday to reflect on the things that God is calling you to focus on in your life spiritually, emotionally, physically, etc. in order to be the best vessel for the Gospel that you can be.
At FBNO we are a church that desires to come alongside you in your desire to grow into the likeness of Christ. We will all experience growing pains in the process, but as Paul says in Philippians: “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ...” and that is pretty Super.