This past Monday, January 8th, I chose to go to a recovery meeting rather than focus my evening on the NCAA Football National Championship. Being a former Georgia Tech football player, my heritage taught me to “hate” University of Georgia (UGA) and candidly the other choice was University of Alabama. Yawn, if they win, it is their 12th National Championship…same ol’ same ol’. And, as I kept up with game here and there via my smart phone, it proved that I had definitely made a good choice. The dreaded Bulldogs were up 13-0 after the first half. However, on the way home, I turned on the radio and discovered that the Bama coach, Nick Saban, had made a brave, gutsy move and had inserted a freshman QB who had played little during the year. Dude, what are you doing?! However, as the game progressed, what a savvy, great move Coach Saban made! 13-0 became 13-7. However, immediately after the Bama TD the QB from UGA, a freshman (18 years old which is a story in its own), threw an eighty yard TD. And, the score became 20-7. Game over…right?! No way, the fourth quarter became absolutely riveting. The young Bama QB from Hawaii, Tua Tagovailoa (what a name!) led two amazing drives to tie the game up and even a third drive to set up a winning field goal. However, his kicker shanked the field goal and OT ensued. Another incredible performance came from the UGA field goal kicker who kicked a fifty-two-yard field goal. Tua comes on the field and immediately makes a rookie mistake and holds on to the ball while dropping back for a pass and takes a fifteen yard loss. What a stupid, rookie play! Then, the unthinkable happens. The very next play, he throws a 40 yard TD pass making an unbelievable, brilliant play to win the game and the National Championship. I was by then, in front of my television mesmerized by the game. Then, the most brilliant thing happened. While being interviewed in national and even global television, this young QB whose testosterone had to be flowing to the max humbled himself and proclaimed, “I want to give glory to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…” This kid was playing a bigger game. He played the game with the same faith that allowed David to slay Goliath. I was witnessing another powerful, monumental God driven experience from a young Christian man!
The amazing truth is the Bible says in Hebrew 12:1 that “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.” Do you realize that there is a heavenly audience watching you “play” out your life daily?! And, much like Tua, here is what the Bible declares that thrills these heavenly witnesses giving glory to the God! “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” You live like this and the same excitement that I enjoyed Monday evening watching Tua play happens in heaven while observing you play out your life which gives glory to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Play like Tua! “I want to give glory to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!”