Playing to Win
Pre-season football games are exciting for about 10 minutes. They don’t go “all out” as an organization. It’s more about finding a way to let everybody participate. And a few newbies who don’t know any better treat it like its a real game. But the truth is that victory is secondary in pre-season games.
Putting those three words together makes me choke when I try to say them: Victory is secondary. I’m ashamed to even type them. In the immortal words of retired Jets coach Herman Edwards, “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME.”
Unless it is pre-season. In the pre-season you play just to make a few bucks. You play just to warm up for the real games. You play just to evaluate personnel. Very minor injuries keep key players from suiting up. You play just to go through the motions and establish a game rhythm for the games that matter. Victory is … is … (I just can’t make myself say it again).
Hey Church Person, read back over that description. And PLEASE tell me that such non-victory nonsense doesn’t sound strangely like your church. PLEASE. PUH-LEASE!
Souls are at stake. Our opponent is hellishly serious. And our Coach literally loves us to death.
So, what’s your own worship level like? Your own level of commitment? Your own willingness to train, and to always play to win?
Super boring? Or Super Bowl?