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Don't Drop the Ball

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

We're coming out of a big football weekend in Canada and we're now entering an even bigger one in the United States. The Calgary Dinos lifted the Vanier Cup last Saturday as the best in Canadian university football, while the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were crowned Grey Cup champions for the first time in 29 years on Sunday.

There may not be any championship games on the gridiron for our southern neighbours this weekend, but an already football-crazy nation makes watching the big game almost mandatory itinerary over Thanksgiving weekend. As my American friends have described, there is the meal you have around the table, and the meal you have around the game.

When watching football, each team has two offensive players that typically demand the most attention: the quarterback, and the running (half) back.

While I never played organized football growing up, I did my share of pick-up. I also recall hearing how our high school coach would repeatedly remind the running back to never let go of the ball.

This seems like a rather obvious instruction, but once a ball carrier hits contact, the football can slip out much easier. And if this happens, the opposing team has the opportunity to pounce on it and steal possession.

Unfortunately, even the best running backs in the NFL will turn the ball over.

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel as if we treat God like a running back who might let go of the ball.

You don't fully trust Him to follow through on the calling He has for your life. You question whether you'll ever rise the ranks at work, become a home owner or even get married.

Let's stop comparing God to us. We can't bring him down to our level; there is not just a quantitative difference between us, but a qualitative one too. He's in a different league. He's not in the CFL or in the NFL, He's in the GodFL. He'll never drop the ball.

When Jesus was on this earth, he said, "My greater than all; no one can snatch them [you] out of my Father’s hand" (John 10:29).

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