Hank Williams, Jr. popularized the phrase, “Are you ready for some football?” The short answer for me is, “YES!” I absolutely love this time of year.
I also love the quote by George Will, “Football features two of the worst aspects of American life – violence and committee meetings.”
Whatever you think about football, this is a terrific time of year. Not just the cooler weather, though. Every Saturday and Sunday, thanks to football, we’re treated to some of the most inspirational and motivational experiences of the year. Themes like preparation and winning, teamwork and extra effort, passion and purpose are interwoven into every week we watch.
The correlation to the church is unmistakable.
Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers said, “Winning is not a sometime thing … it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while … you don’t do the right thing once in a while … you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.”
So is losing.
Churches that win don’t just happen. Rather they are the result of people who put God first, pray, prepare, grow, make sacrifices, keep their commitments, give it all they’ve got and refuse to lose any ground to the enemy, getting better every day, every week and every year and they don’t give up no matter what.
Churches that win are never satisfied – with last year, last month, even last week.
Lou Holtz said one time, “If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.”
Great churches and great Christians are always focused on the future. Who else can we reach? What else can we do? It’s never “Us four, no more, bolt the door.” It’s always, “How can we find a way to make room for more?”
I don’t know about you, but I love to win! But loving winning is never enough. We have to be willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
Loving winning is never enough. We have to be willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
Whether you’re talking about your personal life, your family, business, football team or church – it will never just happen. Someone has to pay the price. Someone has to do the work. Someone has to determine winning is worth it. Worth all the energy and effort, time and testing, sweat and sacrifice.
So what will it be for us? This Sunday we kick off the fall season at Crossroads. Whether or not we win will be determined by what we do ... every day.
Are we ready to do whatever it takes ... to win? I am.
It’s GAME TIME!
© 2019. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.