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Praising God

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I love football. I've been watching football since I was a little girl. I was raised watching Bear Bryant coach the Crimson Tide and Johnny Unitas quarterback for the Baltimore Colts. College or pro, it doesn't matter, I love it all. If you were to stop by to watch a game with Jerry, the girls and I, you'd see our basement is fully decked out in burgundy and gold, complete with an RG3 fathead. Yes, for me, fall means football.

If you watch football you have most likely seen players take a knee and bow their head or point up to the sky. Some folks really dislike that the players thank God for their achievements. In fact, I've experienced this as a rather frequent complaint. The complaint goes something like this, "The idea that God would pick one team or even one player over another is a self-centered delusion." I've even found myself wondering if it's about thanking God for the touchdown or if it's self-congratulatory?

The other day I was reading an article in Reader's Digest. (Yes, I read Reader's Digest. Now I'm really showing my age!) The article helped me reframe what might be going on in that end zone celebration. What if that bended knee or finger pointing skyward really is all about thanking God? In 1 Peter 4:11, scripture says, "So that in all things God may be praised." Perhaps the Christian athlete is doing just thatpraising God.

And so, this season, when a player points up to the sky or takes a knee, I'm going to choose to believe that he is giving God the glory. I think I'll take that same opportunity to consider all my blessings. I have much to praise God for, and I don't praise God nearly enough, definitely not "in all things." I'm going to give that a try this fall.

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