Seattle is my home town – at least it has been since I’ve been 8 years old. Even though I lived somewhere else for about 15 years after I was married, it was still my real home. Ever since 1995 we have settled in the shadow of Seattle – and now most recently we moved but are still just 2 1/2 hours away – east of the mountains.
Winning the Super Bowl reminds me that we all love to belong to something bigger than ourselves. Whether we live there or not – we all love that sense of importance we feel from a big event and we tend to gravitate toward people who are like-minded. Nothing brings a city and region together like winning the Super Bowl!
Watching the game this past Sunday filled me with a sense of pride. Not so much that I was ever a die-hard Seahawks fan – or even a football fan until this year – but it was that feeling that we are all in this together – that feeling of something bigger. Part of a winning team! No one can dispute how well our team played – and that there are such great role models on the team – many of whom are Christians and speak out about their faith in God. Ordinary people – with incredible athletic gifting – rising to the top of the sport. Better than any reality music show.
As a part of God’s kingdom – we all can feel like we belong to something bigger. Even if we are not a pro athlete or musician. We are all given special abilities and gifts to affect those around us. Think about it! Only you can be that special person to those around you. You alone have the God-given ability to influence and direct. You are special. You are unique. And if you are not already – you can belong to something bigger than just yourself. The God of the whole universe! His kingdom and plan! You can have a real cause and purpose. I believe that if you ask – you can discover just what that is. For some people it is a process of going through life day-to-day just being constant and faithful to your family. For others you are meant to be on a bigger stage touching more people at once and sharing your example. But no matter what that special bent in your own personal life and personality – know that you are something unique and special to God. In Psalm 139:14 we read:
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
You were fearfully and wonderfully made. You are a part of something special. Special to God. A part of His something bigger.
Take it in and believe. Embrace the something bigger today.