Fall = Football, Football = Family, Family = Food. As it was, shall it ever be!
I love football season – everything about it. I always have and I always will, but it’s not just the game that I love, or the food; it’s the metaphors football offers. For the last several days I have been obsessing about the goal line stand. For those of you who are not football fanatics, a goal line stand happens when a team gets down within five yards of scoring a touchdown and the opposing defense mounts an all-out team effort to keep them out of the end zone. I think it’s one of the most significant moments in any game.
One of the most famous goal line stands came in the 1979 Sugar Bowl when the University of Alabama Crimson Tide repelled Penn State in the last few minutes of the game and won. (My apologies to my beloved Auburn cousins for that Alabama reference. Yeah, I know better.)
So, I’ve been wondering…what in my life needs a goal line stand? What has come against me day after day and needs me to take a stand and say, “No more, you’re not getting through?” What do I need to oppose?
We all have challenges and/or weaknesses that beat us up and threaten to defeat us. What is trying to defeat you? Take your stand today – and if you need to grab some buddies to help you make your goal line stand, do that, but by all means stand. Fight for yourself!
“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” Ephesians 6:13-14
“I think whenever you play football, at any time it could be your last play, that’s the great thing about this sport. Every week and every play, you have to play like it’s your last.” Shaun Alexander (former Seattle Seahawk)
If today is my last day on earth, I’d really like to go out with a goal line stand!
©Copyright, 2011 by Donna Tallman.