This past evening or morning depending on what time zone that you’re currently situated in — I was in Virginia, but living on Hawaii time, so it was really evening for me 😉 — I decided to watch Friday Night Lights. It’s an interesting story of a high school football team in Texas (yes Topher, I know, all good things come from Texas) learning to work together as a team after losing their star player in the first game of the season. Something the coach mentions time and time again is to “Be Perfect”. As the story develops you hear the coach explain what it means to him to be perfect. “Perfection is not winning, but rather it’s being able to say you did all you could to help the team. If you can say that, then you played a perfect game.”
It’s interesting how we can apply that to our daily lives, though in a sense it seems idealistic. Then again, that’s partly the point. We’re obviously not going to be able to please everyone, we’re not going to be able to win every battle and least of all we’re not always going to be able to give 100% of our effort to a project or event. We can strive toward this idealistic level but to actually accomplish it is something that I don’t think we can ever do, at least not on our own. The Bible has something that is very similar to this in both 1st Corinthians as well as in Hebrews. We see in 1st Corinthians:
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
1 Corinthians 9:24
We run the race of life and in doing so have many hurdles to jump over, hot coals to run over and rivers with rough rapids to cross. We are tossed back and forth in this life, our values are tested, our hearts are tempted, our morals are judged. Yet, we are not here to take second place, rather we are here to take the gold medal.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, // fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
How can we sit back and try for something less. I know that there are those that profess to be slackers, sloths and just plain complacent and lazy. Lets not let it be that way. Let us urge one another along in our walks, encouraging one another, admonishing and exhorting, sharpening one another.
Where does it start you ask? Why isn’t someone else sharpening you? We have to start with ourselves, making ourselves vulnerable to those around us. Studying His word daily, meditating on it, praying on it, memorizing it, knowing it and being excited about it. Once we start to do that, it’s amazing to see the Spirit set others to work.
Be the spark, absorb His word in your heart and set those brothers and sisters around you ablaze…