Football under the Aspect of Eternity

This morning, as I write this, I am watching the recording we made of the Packer game before the power went out. When I called my brother last night, he let slip that the Packers won, and today’s paper told me that this victory over Detroit was another career highlight for Brett Favre, who completed 20 straight passes, setting a team record, and tying his career record with seven 300-yard games in a season.

As I watch this game, knowing how it will end, Favre’s first quarter fumble didn’t bother me. Nor did the way Detroit dominated the first quarter. I am enjoying it in a different way, free of anxiety.

This is the way life should be for Christians. We know how all of this ends. We have a happy ending ahead of us. We should not be paralyzed with worry or defeated by our troubles. From the aspect of eternity, our problems are not going to mean all that much.

True, this is not the best way to view football, since a big part of the fun is the suspense, tension, and agonizing, all of which accentuate the hope, the relief, and the joy that we also experience in the game as it unfolds in time. And this too speaks to us of life and why we go through what we do.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

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  • gsheill

    Once the pattern is set, the outcome is sure. Bret takes 3 seconds to execute. Kitna takes 7 seconds. One former lineman says that is not a winning quarterback. And 30 completions in a row says that Bret is healthy and his receivers are sharp. Kitna is hurting.
    So as a Lutheran lion fan, all I can say is ” Be anxious for nothing”. Now God help me to practice that.
    GSheill

  • gsheill

    Once the pattern is set, the outcome is sure. Bret takes 3 seconds to execute. Kitna takes 7 seconds. One former lineman says that is not a winning quarterback. And 30 completions in a row says that Bret is healthy and his receivers are sharp. Kitna is hurting.
    So as a Lutheran lion fan, all I can say is ” Be anxious for nothing”. Now God help me to practice that.
    GSheill

  • fwsonnek

    happiness and sadness are imposters.

    Contentment in all things.

    Anxiety and worry are the liturgies of idolators. It looks like death.

    It is death. Worse, a living death.

    The pregnant possibilities of the present moment are all that is real.

    God wants us to be in the present it seems.

    With all of it´s joy and anticipation and sorrow and pain and sadness and emotions. True Life clung to with a dead hand.

    … and wondrous, all of it, for those of us who have died in Christ.

  • fwsonnek

    happiness and sadness are imposters.

    Contentment in all things.

    Anxiety and worry are the liturgies of idolators. It looks like death.

    It is death. Worse, a living death.

    The pregnant possibilities of the present moment are all that is real.

    God wants us to be in the present it seems.

    With all of it´s joy and anticipation and sorrow and pain and sadness and emotions. True Life clung to with a dead hand.

    … and wondrous, all of it, for those of us who have died in Christ.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    Go Pack! If God wanted us to live in the present, he wouldn’t have given us Tivo.

    I like, growing old, not having the anxious bondage to the outcome of sports games on me. It makes watching the games so much more enjoyable. Go Pack!

    And for those of you without the NFL network, we’re having a potluck at my place next Thursday night for the Packers, Dallas game.

    Go Pack!

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    Go Pack! If God wanted us to live in the present, he wouldn’t have given us Tivo.

    I like, growing old, not having the anxious bondage to the outcome of sports games on me. It makes watching the games so much more enjoyable. Go Pack!

    And for those of you without the NFL network, we’re having a potluck at my place next Thursday night for the Packers, Dallas game.

    Go Pack!

  • Lori

    Awesome! My husband appreciated this post very much!
    Of course as a Dallas Fan, he is having a very un-stressful year. But if you want to talk about stress, I grew up a Cub fan…..

    Lori

  • Lori

    Awesome! My husband appreciated this post very much!
    Of course as a Dallas Fan, he is having a very un-stressful year. But if you want to talk about stress, I grew up a Cub fan…..

    Lori

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    “This is the way life should be for Christians. We know how all of this ends. We have a happy ending ahead of us. We should not be paralyzed with worry or defeated by our troubles. From the aspect of eternity, our problems are not going to mean all that much.”

    This was basically our sermon this morning, along with comparisons of kingship in the world versus the kingship of Christ. I know some of you disagree with children’s sermons, but this morning a 5 year old boy answered pastor’s question of what kind of crown Jesus wore. He answered, “A crown that hurt.” That was pretty deep and you could see all the adults become silent and serious.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    “This is the way life should be for Christians. We know how all of this ends. We have a happy ending ahead of us. We should not be paralyzed with worry or defeated by our troubles. From the aspect of eternity, our problems are not going to mean all that much.”

    This was basically our sermon this morning, along with comparisons of kingship in the world versus the kingship of Christ. I know some of you disagree with children’s sermons, but this morning a 5 year old boy answered pastor’s question of what kind of crown Jesus wore. He answered, “A crown that hurt.” That was pretty deep and you could see all the adults become silent and serious.

  • FullTime

    Lori,
    My aunt in Joliet is a Cubs fan. It always smacks of masochism to me. ;)

    Then again, I go to Ole Miss and this year following our team has had a smack of masochism to it too.

    I am thankful this year that I don’t take sports too seriously. Otherwise I might cry.

  • FullTime

    Lori,
    My aunt in Joliet is a Cubs fan. It always smacks of masochism to me. ;)

    Then again, I go to Ole Miss and this year following our team has had a smack of masochism to it too.

    I am thankful this year that I don’t take sports too seriously. Otherwise I might cry.


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