Word has it Tom Brady deflated some footballs. I don’t know what was wrong with the inflated ones; maybe it’s just a personal preference. The NFL found out (surprise!) and let Brady know he had to sit out the next few games. Brady said he didn’t do it (see his long Facebook post here). Next he destroyed his phone after saying he never texted or emailed anyone about this issue. (That’s not suspicious at all).
Oh, Tom Brady of little faith. We’ve all been there too. Maybe we haven’t deflated footballs and crushed our phones, but we’ve all made mistakes and tried to avoid the consequences of our actions. It sucks having to swallow our pride. I feel for you Tom Brady (even though I don’t like football very much).
In the game of life, we’re all Tom Brady. We all have sinned and fallen short. The playing field was officially leveled long ago on the cross. In God’s economy, we’re all equal.
I’m so thankful Christ humbled himself to do life with us on earth and to take our punishment upon himself so we could forever be with him. And that forever starts today. As Believers, we have the incomparable joy of eternal life right now. The kingdom of heaven is right here and right now. Why do we live in fear instead of walking in grace?
We play it safe to avoid pain and mistakes, yet miss out on life to the fullest. Or we throw caution to the wind to experience it all – both good and bad. Can we rest in the healthy tension of audacious daring and the favor and influence of God?
It takes great courage to humble ourselves, admit our mistakes and then make restitution. It’s not fun. Sometimes it even hurts. We won’t make it through life without making mistakes, but we have a choice to try to dodge fair punishment or to make things right.
“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?” ― Ernest Hemingway