This past week, I was able to watch a little football for the first time this season. There are a couple of friends that I “compete” with in fantasy football with whom I’m in a texting group.
From time to time they will start “chatting” about the games being played...and since one of them lives in Colorado and the other in Alaska typically it is pretty late at night that these chats take place (at least here in Arkansas).
So I typically don’t reply to their chatting: first because I don’t have television service and, second, because the notification woke me up and I’d rather be asleep.
But on Thanksgiving Day, during the Saints/Falcons game one of them made a comment that was pretty thought provoking.
His comment was that, as we are pretty much older than even the oldest NFL players now, he has a greater amount of respect for those who are able to peak in late season games (especially players like Drew Brees and Peyton Manning). He also commented that their mentality prepares them to excel even when their bodies are not as physically capable as they were when they were younger.
A few moments later, he said he thought there was a sermon in there. To which I replied “Probably at least a bulletin article.”
When we were younger, maybe we could take a “big” hit from Satan’s arrows and get back up to fight again. We counted on our youthful vigor to help us bounce back. But as we get older, we understand that those “big hits” come with a price that may not be felt until well after the battle has ended.
As we age, we begin to understand that we need to avoid taking the “big hit” if we want to get up to fight another day. So we begin to mentally prepare for the battle we see ahead of us: maybe we think through how we are going to respond in a given situation before we are put into that situation or we figure out ways to avoid the situation altogether.
Temptations are going to tempt us for as long as we live. Whether we are young or old, we need to be mentally prepared to face them. Many younger football players took big hits, some unnecessarily, and did not get up from them.
Perhaps you are counting on your youth to help you take Satan’s nastiest darts...many have thought that, only to see their faith succumb to that dart.
The best thing that you can do is to avoid the darts altogether. Have a plan so that when Satan attacks you, you live to fight another day!