Confessions of a Grieving Football Fan
I just got back from 4 days involving one of my favorite pass times and that is watching college football. Yes, my wife and I, along with some friends headed south to see the Georgia/Florida football game. We stayed with my daughter and her husband, four couples in all. I always enjoy being with my daughter and her husband anytime I get the chance, but during football even more so. As you know Georgia won the game to all of our delight.
Two of the couples left early Sunday but we stayed an additional day. It was great just relaxing and coming down from the excitement of the weekend.
After I got home I awoke Tuesday just not feeling well and rather than go to the Waffle House to eat breakfast I went back to bed and stayed there all day and night.
Wednesday morning I got up early as I usually do to drink coffee and get into my alone time with the Lord. As I stood out on my front porch it dawned on me that I had not had time for the Lord for the past 4 days. I was 4 days behind on my bible reading with my group and embarrassingly I had not even taken time for a single prayer. I tried to pray this morning but so ashamed I could not bring myself to even try to have a conversation with the Father. I just went inside and began to try to catch up on my Bible reading.
What had happened over the past 4 days was that I had put my idol, football, ahead of my Heavenly Father. This thought has taken up all of my free time today in between my duties at work but I have just had this overwhelming feeling of guilt. That is why I am writing this; I don't know what else to do. However as I write this He has made something very, very, clear to me. He does not like the fact that I can put other things before Him but no matter what He still loves me.
I think that the reason I feel so ashamed is I could have done all the things which I enjoyed so much this weekend even more had I just taken the time to seek Him first. Just spent a little time with Him. All the things I did this weekend, watch football, great fellowship with family and friends, could have been even more enjoyable if I had only taken a few minutes each day to thank Him for all He had blessed me. It is so great to know and feel that He loved me first and no matter how much Satan pulls on me, he will never, never pull from the Hands of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Thank you all for listening to my failures and realizations.
In the love of Jesus Christ, Gary
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