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Life Is Like Football (15 of 21).


Series: Forever Living in A Whatever World

Philippians 3:12-16

Introduction: According to Forrest Gump‘s mama, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what your’re gonna get.” I say “Life is like football!” I am not the first to say “life is like football.” Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard put it this way, “The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.” The legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, expressed the same sentiment. “Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” Coach Lombardi also said, “Football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.”

Ladies, you might prefer Erma Bombeck‘s observation on football. She said, “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”

I played football in high school, believe it or not. That’s was back in the Middle Ages. I was a quarterback. I started out as a running back. I gave up on that after the first game. I was running a sweep around end when an opposing tackle grabbed my left leg. Another grabbed my left leg. The linebacker looked at me and said, “Make a wish!”

Of course, that’s not true. Football didn’t exist in the Middle Ages. American style football didn’t come into its own until about the time of the Civil War. It began as a variation on rugby and its cousin soccer among the Ivy League schools of the Northeast. If football had existed in bible times, Paul would probably have been a fan. I say that because his New Testament books contain many sports analogies. The primary sports of the day were running, boxing, and wrestling.

Listen to these illustrations from Paul: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-26). “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7).

Our text provides another example. To understand the passage requires understanding at least part of the sports analogy. Today I want to tackle the message of Philippians by translating Paul’s ancient picture into our more familiar football analogy. I will say it again. Life is like football in at least three ways. It’s not over ’til it’s over. You gotta know which way you’re headed. You gotta remember which team you’re on.

First, life is like football. It’s not over til it’s over. A good team doesn’t start celebrating until the game ends. Victory comes to the team who wants it the …

By Roger Thomas

Life Is Like Football.


Philippians 3:12-16

Introduction: According to Forrest Gump‘s mama, “Life is like a box of chocolates.

You never know what your’re gonna get.” I say “Life is like football!”

I am not the first to say “life is like football.”

Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard put it this way, “The game of life is a lot like football.

You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.”

 The legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, expressed the same sentiment.

 “Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”

Coach Lombardi also said, “Football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport.

 Dancing is a contact sport.”

Ladies, you might prefer Erma Bombeck‘s observation on football.

She said, “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”

I played football in high school, believe it or not.

That’s was back in the Middle Ages.

I was a quarterback.

 I started out as a running back.

 I gave up on that after the first game.

I was running a sweep around end when an opposing tackle grabbed my left leg.

Another grabbed my left leg.

The linebacker looked at me and said, “Make a wish!”

Of course, that’s not true.

Football didn’t exist in the Middle Ages.

 American style football didn’t come into its own until about the time of the Civil War.

It began as a variation on rugby and its cousin soccer among the Ivy League schools of the Northeast.

If football had existed in bible times, Paul would probably have been a fan.

I say that because his New Testament books contain many sports analogies.

 The primary sports of the day were running, boxing, and wrestling.

Listen to these illustrations from Paul: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?.

 Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.

They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-26).

 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7).

Our text provides another example.

To understand the passage requires understanding at least part of the sports analogy.

Today I want to tackle the message of Philippians by translating Paul’s ancient picture into our more familiar football analogy.

I will say it again.

 Life is like football in at least three ways.

 It’s not over ’til it’s over.

You gotta know which way you’re headed.

You gotta remember which team you’re on.

First, life is like football.

It’s not over til it’s over.

A good team doesn’t start celebrating until the game ends.

Victory comes to the team who wants it the …

By Roger Thomas.

Come Alive!


Come Alive!

Neglect not the gift that is within you.” –1 Timothy 4:14

When I entered the 5th grade, we moved into a new neighborhood and, as a result, a new school.

I’ll never forget that year because that’s the year I found out that I had the ability to run, and run fast.

I laughed years later when I saw the movie Forrest Gump because, as a child, Forrest said, “I can run like the wind blows.”

That’s just about how I felt as a 5th grader. On that playground, I could run like the wind blows.

In Sunday school, I would often hear from the teacher say, “Neglect not the gift that is within you.”

So I didn’t. I ran every chance I could.

Years later, I started to figure out the real gift that Paul was talking about.

The full passage in 1 Timothy 4:15 reads, “Neglect not the gift that is within you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.”

This passage talks about someone receiving Christ into their heart for the first time – which many times was done as a disciple of Christ would lay their hands upon that person accepting Christ.

The gift that Paul is talking about in 1 Timothy is the gift of the Holy Spirit that we receive when we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts.

In John 14, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would come to anyone who accepted Him.

Those gifts are actually spelled out in Isaiah 11: 2-3.

They are wisdom, understanding, council (meaning understanding right and wrong), fortitude (meaning courage), knowledge, piety (meaning reverence or a deep respect for God), and fear of the Lord (meaning being fully aware of the majesty and glory of God).

As one who has accepted Christ, you have these gifts right now! The Holy Spirit of God is within you! Don’t neglect His gifts to you!

As Paul goes on to day in 1 Timothy 4:15, “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them that your progress may be evident to all.”

Friend, you are more than you ever believed yourself to be! Stand up a little straighter, for you have fortitude.

Smile with more confidence, for you have knowledge.

Live wisely, for you know what is right and what is wrong.

Praise the Lord with all your heart, for you understand in your heart the majesty and glory of God.

Neglect not the gift that is within you.

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PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, thank You for your precious gift of Your Holy Spirit within me.

Teach me, mold me, and shape me into the beautiful person You want me to be for Your glory! In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

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What God-given gift within you have you shared with others?.

How? What gift have you neglected? How might you express that gift, and thereby bless others?

Written by Jim Penner.

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