We are quickly approaching the first Nebraska football game of the season under the direction of new head coach Scott Frost! Nebraska fans are dreaming big about Frost's first year. Can we go back to the winning team we once were? According to USA Today Sports, "it may be more realistic to set the baseline at 6 Nebraska wins and a bowl berth, and then start planning for more to come in 2019. Nebraska could surprise a few teams in Big Ten Conference play and get eight or nine wins, including bowl play... To get there the Nebraska team must address more than a few holes: quarterback play, the pass rush, special teams, and most of all the play of the offensive and defensive lines. But once Frost gets his house in order the program has a cohesiveness not seen in about a generation - what the staff calls 'unity of purpose.'"
To be good at something, we have to practice and set our eyes on a goal. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) says [Let us fix] our eyes on Jesus... For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." When we love the game or whatever we are doing, we find ways to get better at it and ways to focus while competing. If we love God, we have to practice to keep our hearts and lives focused on the One who loves us and teaches us to love. For followers of Christ, the test of greatness is not to see how far a few of us can go alone, but to see how far all of us can go together - in "unity of purpose" - just as the Cornhuskers, or any team for that matter, play the game.
Ask your child...
In your spiritual life, when have you lost sight of the goal?
Who helped you rediscover the joy of life with Christ?
If you play a sport, how can you be a light for your teammates?
When have you sacrificed a win or a trophy to serve and care for others?
Challenge your child...
The next time you are giving your all to a game or competition, ask yourself if you are serving God with the same kind of energy. If not, what do you need to set aside to focus more fully on God?
Father, help us to keep you as our focus; to be Christ-like in our every action and deed, glorifying you first and exhibiting humble leadership in all we do. Amen.