Saturday, January 31, 2009

First Things First

Well, here in Arizona we’re gearing up for Superbowl XLIII, and while I’m not really a football fan, who could not be a fan of Kurt Warner? He is a perfect example of how to live out Colossians 3:23: “whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”

God has given him the position of being a role model to thousands of people and he never seems to pass up a chance to give all the credit and glory to his Lord, Jesus Christ. He’s not a “closet Christian,” nor does he shy away into a more
acceptable form of “spiritualism” by using only the all-encompassing word “God.” He makes no bones that his Lord is Jesus Christ.

Kurt could have been content to live with the blessings that God has given him and just continue to play football. But he has used his position to do more than just play a game. In 2001 he started his charity, “First Things First,” (what he said to a reporter when he first gave God glory for his success) a community outreach where Kurt and his wife, Brenda, and others visit children in hospitals, partner with Special Olympics, serve in homeless shelters during the holidays, provide scholarships to high school and college age people who desire to serve on a missions trip, and a host of other outreaches. You can read about it on his website here.

We may not have the notoriety that Kurt does, but God has placed us where we are to give us the chance to be a godly example and a bold voice for the glory of Jesus, too. That may be in your home, in an office, on a construction site, in school and yep, don't forget your church.

God has gifted each of us as believers, and no matter how young or old or where we find ourselves in life, we can magnify the name of Jesus as we dare to get outside our comfort zones to touch the lives of others with prayer and through our humble, loving examples of Christ.

By tomorrow the game will be history, but our lives in Christ will continue. Will you live yours as Kurt has lived his, laying “up treasures in Heaven for yourselves, where neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”? (Matthew 6:20-21)


1 comment:

  1. I have followed Kurt closely since he came into the league. His story is what movies are made from as he beat such tremendous odds to get into the league and then to become a star.

    He has handled the last few years where it seemed he was washed up with his chin high and now is on the brink of playing in another Super Bowl.

    He has always been up front about his faith and in a sport that is so rough he has taken his licks and always been a role model for young people to admire.

    I'll be rooting for him tomorrow.


Thanks for sharing!