I Kept Getting Concussions

Putting on a good, solid, protective helmet is the most important thing a football player can do.  I played back in the day of Riddell suspension helmets.  Today, NCAA would not allow a student athlete to walk on a football field with the lack of support from this helmet.  During my high school years, the proper way to tackle moved from leading with your shoulder to spearing with your head.  The proper technique was to uncoil bent legs, thrust your back up then spear as violently as possible the opposing team’s ball carrier leading with your helmet.  The game changed from hard hitting to violent hitting.  As a result of this, I started getting concussions.  The helmets of that day would not support this level of impact.  While playing for Georgia Tech, during one game against University of Tennessee in Neyland Stadium, I got hit from the blind side resulting in me living in loony land for three hours.  The medical staff realized that my career would be short lived without a change of helmets.  Their answer was an air helmet literally pumped up to fit my watermelon sized head.  It was made to withstand high impact.  From that point on, I was relatively free from head injuries.  The key was the helmet.

In Ephesians 6:17, Paul the Apostle commands each Christian daily to “put on (and keep on) the helmet of salvation.”  Our battle in spiritual warfare should never be fought without our helmet placed on our head.  Our life on the battlefield would be perilous without the helmet.  Let’s take a look at what our salvation means in two verses in 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21

  • “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
  • “21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

How do we put on our helmet every day?  We receive our instructions from Colossians 3:1-3, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” 

  • First, these verses present us with additional description of our salvation, “you have been raised with Christ and seated at the right hand of God. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” 
  • Then, they instruct us how to put on our helmet:
    • Set your heart on things above
    • Set your mind on things above

The Christian soldier recognizes the importance of his helmet of salvation.  It is a matter of life and death.  Put it on and keep it on by setting your heart and mind on Him recognizing that “you have been raised with Christ and are hidden in Christ in God.”

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