Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Matthew 6:20
After being drafted by Indianapolis, NFL quarterback Sam Ehlinger was asked how he felt preparing for possibly starting in an NFL game. He replied, “Just the perspective that I’ve been able to gain through adversity, through life—things in my life—it’s really put into perspective what we’re on this earth to do.” He was thinking of the deaths of his father and brother.
Ehlinger, a Christian, said that football is just a game. “And as much as everybody here loves it, and as much money that flows into the business and things that happen like that, at the end of the day it is just a sport.” He said he didn’t want to make football his life or his death. And afterward he tweeted a picture of Matthew 6:19-21—underlined in his Bible and bearing this caption: “We will spend a short amount of time here compared to eternity!”
While the things of this world are passing away, we’re promised eternal life. We mustn’t place our trust in the world. God uses adversity to help us keep our perspective on what we’re on earth to do.
Let’s keep our eyes on eternity!
I’ve always kind of viewed the locker room as my mission field. Wherever God calls you, that’s where God calls you to be a missionary.
NFL Quarterback Ryan Tannehill
Andrea Morris, “‘This is just a game,’” CBNNews, August 24, 2021.