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Lessons From Monday Night Football

If you’ve read any of my blog posts, then you know that I love the outdoors, I love to be around people, I love the energy that people bring, and I love and I appreciate sports! Monday night was one of the most incredible college football games that I have observed in a long time.

It was the Alabama vs. Georgia game.

It wasn’t great just because Alabama won (in fact I think most people were rooting for Georgia because Alabama has been so successful), but what stuck out to me is that the head coach, with his coaching staff, made an incredible move:

At the beginning of the second half, the Alabama coach pulled the starting quarterback and put in a freshman quarterback who ended up, in the last throw of the game, being a literal football hero. 

It was an unbelievable, gutsy leadership call to do that. Nick Saban and his team had thought that play through and, if things weren’t going right, they had forethought to make that change. When I saw that, I said to myself, “when things aren’t going right, am I prepared to make a change?”

Do I have a back up plan and would I pull the trigger to put it into action? Because that is leadership.

The Alabama coaching staff thought it through, they had a plan, and they had the guts to do it.

I really enjoy observing people who have put in the time, the practice, and the preparation to not only have a back up plan but who have the courage to pull the trigger on it when the time comes.

Is there anything in your life that you need to pull the trigger on? Don’t hesitate if that’s the case.

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What’s on my mind Friday

I’ve seen the “‘throw back Thursday” term thrown out a lot on blogs, so here’s my version… random things that are on my mind. On Friday. (#wommf, right?)

1. I have sleep deprivation! It’s football season! I had the chance this past Saturday to attend the Michigan/Notre Dame because it was at night and I spoke on Sunday at The River. But because of the game and my excitement, I will still up late and should have just gone!UM Football

2. Why don’t some people like to go to football games? I mean, I get it, the crowds can be intense for non-people people, especially in a stadium that set a record with 115,000+ fans which arguably has some pretty uncomfortable seats. But wow, what fun to all come together for a common cause and cheer on your team. And who sits down anyways!?!?

3. Not surprisingly, I like the energy, spirit, enthusiasm and strategy of a football game.  Watching a game gets me to thinking, pondering and wishing… can you imagine being in a stadium full of people with the football kind of enthusiasm for something that lasts an eternity (not that Michigan’s record doesn’t have lasting significance!).

Matthew 16:26: What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

While yes they’re fun, football games don’t mean anything in eternity. Real enthusiasm comes from Christ and from living differently because of Christ. I want to rally more people to get excited about their faith and eternity. Maybe someday we’ll fill UM stadium.

4. I’m still thinking about that series we had a few weeks back about metamorphosis, change and transformation. I love to see that in people. In fact, this past Sunday our experience host Melissa Miller reminded me of that. As I’ve said before, she’s really grown. This was a woman who has children, loves God, loves life, works out but makes sure she’s growing spiritually as a mom, as a wife, as a friend. When she walked on the stage there was a confidence and joy.

All of that emulated because guess what, Melissa is changing. She’s changing spiritually, socially, relationally, physically. When that happens you can’t help but see it. Well done Melissa and all those changing!

5. Can you smell the fall in the air? Especially today with 50 degree temperatures after a 90 degree high. Fall is coming with its different light patterns and changes. If you love summer, this may be a sad time. But I love living in Michigan and the changing of the seasons. I don’t like increased darkness, but what I like is the fact that you can evaluate and look at life differently. Take the opportunity to enjoy, appreciate and notice the changes.

If we’re in a metamorphosis with Christ and with our relationships, people will take notice of us. I like the changes that God gives us through his creation. Take many opportunities this week to visualize them, smell them and experience them.

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