“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18*
Friday night lights. The band is playing, cheerleaders are psyching up the crowd, and then the high school football team takes the field. For the next two hours, you have the fans and students cheering for their team, yelling their heads off. The electricity and excitement you feel in the air is passion, for their home team, and for the win.
I would love to be able to bottle the passion released in a high school football game. It starts with the players who have the intensity and drive to play the game. Students who exemplify commitment by listening to the coaches, running the drills, working on strength and agility and focusing on their grades so they can be on the field.
Then there are the fans. The enthusiastic crowd is made up of proud parents, talented band members, graceful dancers, spirited cheerleaders, and the animated student body. They all participate by singing, cheering, clapping, and demonstrating true team spirit. The passionate crowd is positive their team will take the win and spell victory at the end of the game.
What if I could wake up every morning, excited and enthusiastic to greet the day like a peppy fan at a football game? You know what, I can.
I will choose to be excited and passionate about every day.
I know it is easier said than done, but it is by choice.
The first thing I do before my feet hit the ground is whisper a simple prayer. “God, thank you for today and make it a great one to glorify You.” Now I will be honest, I am not a morning person. So, I have found if I get up before anyone else, drink my first cup of coffee and wake up, I am much more pleasant to be around. While I am waking up, I make a choice to read something around God’s word. It could be a devotional, actual bible verses or some passage reading for my bible study. No news, no social media, no games. I try to put my focus where it counts for me and this would be developing my relationship with Jesus.
As my day unfolds, there are many choices to be made. One of my daily challenges is driving in traffic and choosing to extend grace to the other drivers who may not drive fast enough, DO NOT use their turn signals to alert others of their intentions, or pull out in front of me because obviously, I am so stealth like and invisible! Believe me, this is my struggle and I work on it EVERYDAY. I passionately want to react better to others, so I choose to try to behave better than the day before.
I know there will be the failure of my attempts, but I have to continue to try and be better than I was the day before. I think back to how I felt during a Friday night football game. The excitement of the unknown, the love for my team, and the positive vibes felt throughout the crowd. I have a strong desire to choose to be as positive as I can be in all aspects of my life and to improve on my shortcomings. I believe with this type of focus and passion in my life, I definitely will score the win for God’s team and be a fan for life.
* The Holy Bible, New International Version Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society