Super Bowl 53 is over and experience wins out over youth this year. But for all the “hooplah” concerning the potential for the game, it turned out to be a defensive battle that left many lacking the thrill of what had been billed and that the fans were expecting. An interview with one of the players for the losing team put everything in perspective when he said “we all are going to die.” He was not talking about being overwhelmed by grief over the loss; he was putting this and everything else in life into perspective.
For me the game was overshadowed by the news that we got from Dave in Syria. The number of people that are still in evil’s clutches in the middle east; and how close this version of evil is to defeat kept coming back to my mind. So it was an interesting afternoon of watching two groups fighting it out for fame and fortune, thinking and praying for those in a battle for life and liberty.
The world we live in needs us to be able to exist in each of those situations, being aware of both and prioritizing our prayer life as God gives us these opportunities. Just as Paul quoted from pagan poets of the time to connect with people the Truth of God, so we too need to remember that the lost in this world need to hear the Gospel in a language they understand.
“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” ~ John 17:14-18
God bless us all as we seek to do His will today and always.