Sunday, December 18th, 2011
For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)
I enjoy the Olympics, the Superbowl, and the World Series. It's fun to watch the players.
Athletes fascinate us with bold and amazing movements. They overcome pain and challenges most of us never face--all for a destined moment in time.
Sports and entertainment stars walk similar paths. They are hard-working performers with the courage to take their talent to fields near and far. Fame and fortune descend upon the most successful.
But treasures become traps without God. Narcissism and arrogance can grow around stars like corroding chains binding them to a dying earth. The performers under the chains become trapped by the very talents that launched them.
Therefore, I count the world's most momentous competitions as just that: a moment. Their profit? 'A little.' I no longer believe in one moment in time. I now believe in 'A time such as this' (Esther 4:14), which tells us the purpose of our gifts: to help others.
Star-like qualities propel us skyward--toward Heaven and toward God. 'Stars of light' (Psalm 148:3) point their followers in the most positive direction.
Athletes and entertainers can take that 'little' profit of their earthly occupations and give the glory to God. The consequence? He multiplies their rewards beyond any known pay scale, 'Having the promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.'
Like Tim Tebow, Manny Pacquiao, or Jeremy Lin.