This is the weekend so many men across the nation look forward to each year: the kickoff of football season. Men are pulling their football jerseys out of the closet, making sure their televisions are working properly, and buying tons of chips and salsa for their kickoff parties.
I’m one of those guys that circle this week on their calendar each year. I have my college football jersey ready to wear on Saturdays and my NFL jersey for Sundays. I’ve also completed my fantasy football draft and finalizing plans for a little gathering for the first Sunday of the NFL season. It’s clear that I’m a big fan of football, as many of you are. There is nothing wrong with our football fandom, even though it can get a little out of control at times.
As we usher in a new football season this weekend, think about this question: is your fandom of football bigger than your fandom of your family? Is it bigger than your fandom of Christ? Let that sink in for a moment. Do you love Christ so much that you’ll not just dedicate an entire weekend to growing in Christ, but focusing yourself each and every day to growing in Him?
If you’re a father, your children will likely become fans of what you’re a fan of. My dad was a Dallas Cowboys fan and passed that legacy onto me, and I’m now passing that legacy onto my daughter. I’m also passing on a long family legacy of faith in Christ to my daughter as well. Are you doing the things you need to make your kids a fan of Jesus? Do you get them excited about going to church in the same way you would be excited about going to a football game? Do they see that passion in you to seek God each day through reading His word, praying, and exhibiting a character that honors Him?
As you enjoy the kickoff to this new football season, use this as an opportunity to evaluate your fandom. Look at where most of your attention is focused. Is it focused on the most important things like your relationship with Christ and your family, or is it elsewhere? If it’s elsewhere, what are you going to do about it? Football games last but just a few hours, but a growing faith in Christ and legacy of faith in your family will last beyond a lifetime.