From My Perspective – September 29, 2019
Last weekend, my football crew and I were witnesses to one of the most unusual football plays that I have certainly ever seen. It was, in fact, so unusual that its interpretation became a subject for football officials to discuss around the country.
It was a play that was strange enough that you have to see it to believe it. And after you see it, it leaves you scratching your head as to how to apply the pertinent rules.
Now, video of the play is being distributed both to high school and college football officials. (I’m intentionally not talking about the specifics of the play here, because only serious football fans care about a strange football play.)
This created a moment of anxiety for me. As I watched the video, which is being replayed time and again by other football officials, I was keenly interested in what one guy on the film was doing. That one guy was me. Was I standing in the right spot? Was I responding properly as the play unfolded? Did I pay attention to my part of the field, all the while knowing that something strange was going on way downfield from me? I watched my own actions first, of course, and I am proud to say that I think I did the right thing.
You never know, do you? You can be plowing through life, going through the motions, doing your thing, when suddenly, something abnormal happens right in front of you. When those times come, you have to hope that you are doing the right thing. Life never shouts at you, “You better be ready for something different.” Something different just happens. You hope that you are being your faithful self when that something different comes along.
In our scripture passage today, Paul tells Timothy to expect some things out of Christian folks. Some important things that we’re going to talk about today. Because we never know when our faith is going to be put to the test. It just happens.
Welcome to worship. What we do here matters.