so the weekend rolls round and it's the same old question.....
no, not why the flip did spurs dispose of 3 quality strikers and replace them with a confused russian (pavlyuchenko), a promising 11 year old (campbell) and 37 midfielders...
the question is:
sitting in rows vs running in mud
trying to stay awake vs feeling alive
boredom vs action
CHURCH vs FOOTY
haha maybe thats a bit strongly worded but hopefully you get my jist.
'there's no childhood more delightful than one poised between sport and imagination' Eric Cantona
'football is the beautiful game' Pele
i love footy. i'm never happier than when i've got a ball at my feet. i totally agree with eric and pele, as a 24 year old boy i love nothing more than watching top class footballers on the box and then trying to emulate them on a sloping mudbath of a sunday league pitch.
'the Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him'
King David (psalm 103 v13)
'i am the bread of life. no one who comes to me will ever be hungry again.
those who believe in me will never thirst.'
Jesus Christ (john 6 v35)
i love God. i'm never happier than when i feel close to my heavenly father, this closeness made possible through what Jesus has done for me.
if i had to choose between my faith in God and the beautiful game however it would be like hull taking on any of the london clubs at the minute.....no contest! my boots would be well and truly hung up.
God i love, church however i find boring. i have the attention span of a goldfish with ADHD and usually find myself texting or daydreaming by the time the speaker has cleared hs throat and adjusted his beige tie!
i played football this sunday (we won 4-0) and looked around at my team mates in the changing room, most of them a similar age to myself and just as ugly. i knew that God loved each and every one of them but also that the church is crap at reaching out to, and is irrelevant to these young men. young men like me.
church: a body of people who are welcoming and non judgemental, love each other, care for each other, pray for each other, laugh with each other, cry with each other and learn about faith with each other.
i believe this is how Jesus intended his church to be.
the fact is, if i go to a church service on a sunday i wish i was playing football, if i play football i don't wish i was in church.
thank you for reading, please comment and let me know your thoughts on this.......
a joke to finish:
Jumper cables walk into a bar
Bartender says : Ill serve you, just dont start anything.