Wildcard Loss vs. the ICU

I admit it; I am a sports guy.  I take pleasure in playing sports and I enjoy watching sports.  Like many in the Pittsburgh area, I am a Steeler fan, so I was disappointed when the Steelers lost to the Denver Broncos this past Sunday afternoon.  Although I must confess I was somewhat conflicted entering into the contest.  I wanted The Steelers to win, but I also wanted Tim Tebow to have a great game in a losing effort.  I guess you don’t get everything you want.

Monday morning I turned on the radio only to hear virtually every station talking about the Steelers loss, but that isn’t what really caught my attention.  I couldn’t believe how upset so many people were, and how emotionally charged many of the comments were. 

Personally, it was hard for me to be upset Monday morning, not when my 40 year old friend and brother in Christ struggles for life in an ICU unit.  Not when his wife and children are wondering what’s going on with “daddy”.

Every now and then, situations happen that cause us to “wake up” and remember where we need to devote our emotions, our energy and our heart.  It’s with people, not things.  It is as simple as this: there are people and there are things and we are called to love one and use the other.  (I’ll let you figure out which is which.)

I need to continually remember that there are people around me and people halfway around the world who are dealing with real problems (physically, emotionally, spiritually, i.e.). Just because I may not know them doesn’t mean that I can’t invest myself on their behalf. That’s called compassion; and I’ve never seen compassion directed toward a thing.

My point is this:  I don’t want to wait until calamity strikes my world, before I decide to focus on what’s truly important!  I want to start today!

I want God to know that sports or material possessions or other things will not steal my purpose in life: to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. 

I confess, it is a  battle I wage daily.

In His Grip,

Terry Lafferty


About terrylafferty

I am married to a beautiful Christian woman, Jennifer and I have 5 wonderful children. I serve as the minister with the North Hills church of Christ in Pittsburgh,.
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