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What's Your Lombardi?

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize 

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“Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.” – Hebrews 12:1-2 (abridged)

Super Bowl XLVII had all the makings of a blowout, especially after the Baltimore Ravens returned the second half kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. But following a power outage that delayed the game 34 minutes, momentum began to swing hard in the direction of the 49ers. In the end, the Ravens prevailed, sending the franchise and the city of Baltimore into a frenzy. With the retirement of 17-year veteran Ray Lewis, this seemed like a team of destiny.

As the players were interviewed, each one tried to capture the emotion of the moment, but some struggled as they tried to let it all sink in. Many players and coaches gave glory to God and spoke of how the team came together around their faith and belief. Two days later, a parade for the team saw over 125,000 fans lining the street and filling the stadium. It was an incredible time of “worship!”

Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” Many coaches and athletes today agree. Wanting to win isn’t a bad thing. Glorifying God in the way you play is a good thing. But when the pursuit of “the ring” becomes the ultimate thing, we’ve got a problem.  

The Apostle Paul wanted to win, but he wanted to make sure it was the right prize – one that would be worth the effort and sacrifice.

“I consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 3:8, 14 [abridged]

Paul knew that his box full of trophies was worth nothing compared with knowing Jesus. He knew his “rings” couldn’t satisfy him like living for Jesus would. God never designed the trophies in our life to satisfy us or give us our identity. When we put all our energy and passion into chasing rings or success or records, we’ll be disappointed and empty.

Here we are just three short weeks after the big win, and we’re already talking about next year. In Baltimore, it’s still fun to talk about the game, but can we repeat? Somehow I thought the excitement from winning the Lombardi and the brand new Super Bowl jersey I got would last a little longer!

Jesus is the only prize that satisfies; He’s the only thing worth pursuing with our whole heart. When we know Christ and experience his love, we are satisfied. Stop chasing your personal “Lombardi” of temporary pleasure and success. Stop searching for substitutes that never satisfy. Keep your eyes on the prize.

Keep your eyes on the prize,

Jimmy & Dan

Take Action:

  1. What are the “trophies” that you are pursuing in life?
  2. What things do you desire and pursue with more passion than you pursue Christ?

 

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