Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Little Observation from Alabama

WOW! Has it really been 2 years since I posted on my blog?! Well, it's time to write again! I started this a few weeks ago, but never got finished. So here goes!

Football in Alabama is exciting! Although I am not a huge fan, I so enjoy observing the rivalry of Auburn/Alabama football. We had our rivalries in Mississippi, but I've never seen anything quite like this. There is fun and excitement in the air during this season. While walking in my subdivision on a Saturday a few weeks ago, I passed a house where an Alabama fan lives. There was no doubt about! The huge blowup Alabama elephant and Alabama flags flying gave it away!

It starting me thinking just a bit. What is it that makes Alabama/Auburn football rivalry so exciting? I observed 3 things: (1) The fan is definitely identifiable, even without the blowup symbols or flags. They walk it, they talk it, they live it out during this season! (2) The fan is loyal. Although some may pull for the "other" team when they are not playing each other, on Iron Bowl weekend, there is EXTREME loyalty, and only something of critical importance could keep a fan from watching that game. In fact, if you are not a football fan, it might be a good day to go on a shopping trip. The stores are pretty empty! (3) The last observation, but certainly not the least, is that the fan is excited! Folks who are commonly very passive become quite animated during this season.

All this observing made me think even further and I concluded that those same 3 characteristics should be observed in the life of a Christian. (1) A Christian should be identifiable. No, I don't mean a big blow up Jesus in your front yard, but the walk, talk and life of a Christian should point to the fact that they are a Jesus fan. (2) A Christian should be loyal and devoted to Christ. (3) A Christian should be excited. We should talk about Christ and be so excited about what He has done for us that we share enthusiastically with those we come in contact with. After all, what He has done for each of us is the ultimate gift.

So, with all that said...

"War Eagle" to my Auburn friends!
"Roll Tide" to my Alabama friends!
"Praises, Honor and Glory" to my Savior!

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