What Will I Do After Football?

What will I do with myself now that football season is over?

I’m not the only one to ask myself this question. I hear it a lot this time of the year.

With the Super Bowl complete and a new champion crowned, football is over with for another year.

Wait a minute! Silly me. Today is National Signing Day. Colleges are signing a whole new crop of up and coming stars. At the end of the day, we’ll play another whole game–the game of who won the recruiting battle and why.

And then, not long away is Spring football. Football season isn’t over. It’s only slowed down somewhat.

But really, it is over. What will you do with that extra time you have?

This is a perfect time to look at our choices and how we spend our time.

Let me give you an idea of what I hope to do with my time.

First, I want to make sure the people around me have me. You know what I mean by this. It’s easy to be at home but not to really be at home. We hear what our family says, but we don’t really listen. Today, I want to make the commitment to God to listen–to really listen–and to give my family what they need form me.

Second, I want to commit to hearing what God says to me. Sometimes, I treat God like I treat family. I’m in church, but I’m really not in church. I read the Bible, but I don’t take it to heart. I get the message, but I don’t do the message. James told us how important it is to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.

Third, now that football season is over, I want to see the world around me. We live in a world of hurting people, many of which simply need a kind word and a genuine conversation. This would be a good time to start that practice.

What about you? What will you do now that football season is over?

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2 Comments


  1. Matthew Organ
    Feb 06, 2013

    Man, if football takes you away from the three points you’ve listed during football season….could it be idolatry?!?!?!?

    Ephesians 5:14-17 NASB

    For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.


  2. Ed Matthew
    Feb 06, 2013

    You make an interesting point Matthew. However, “context, context, context,” as Dr. Bailey said. It is a good time, as you may be suggesting and Dr. Bailey I believe is stating, to take inventory of what really matters.
    #1 has always been: Relationship with God through His Provision in Christ Jesus. That is the “Anointed One” “The One Who Saves.” Let it be we who are saved to show, “works meet for repentance.”
    #2 is the position of Blessing we have with our family and recognizing God’s Provision through Us. Making ourselves accountable. This indeed has gender applications but Scripture shows us in context that there is no greater role between the genders but Great Roles in Christ who demonstrated, “in the image of God Created He Him, male and female created He them.” God has a Providence in each heart and it is not up to me to say what God will and will not do through another, based on gender.

    #3 is we are to be Light. This for me is the most difficult. To bring Light by pointing out shadows is a risky business. It is one area that achieving success is totally dependent on two things. One of which I have no control and am blinded to what is or is not success this side of eternity except for the “still small voice’s” ring of Truth encouragement, to don each day myself with the “Whole Armor of God.” And, after doing all that I understand is required of me, “to Stand.” Second is to be dependent on the Holy Spirit to effect change with myself offered only as a tool to fulfill His Word made flesh, to not be “Lo Debar.” Sorry I can’t write it here in Hebrew.

    What a wonderment it is to consider how much God is dependent on our will to accomplish His Plan. I am awed to witness a leader who allows his blog space to be available for others to share their thoughts, struggles and pleas.

    So, thank you Matthew and others for allowing yourselves to be shared, prayed, and loved in Christ.

    Thank you Dr. Bailey for another reminder of Whose we are!

    Blessings.

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