Hi Hope Ames!
I hear there's a football game going on this weekend.
Okay, I've been counting down the days to this year's Cy-Hawk clash since Sept. 9, 2017 when our beloved Cyclones lost the overtime heartbreaker 44-41.
The game was insane, and I don't think my hearing has been the same since the thunderous roars that shook the very foundations of Jack Trice Stadium (or am I required to say MidAmerican Energy field now?). I was disappointed in the outcome but what I'll remember most from that day is how much the teams respected each other.
Coaches admired the opposing players' grit and players talked about how much fun they had lining up against one another. When I was leaving the game, I even saw Hawkeye fans and Cyclone fans congratulating one another on a great game.
What I find interesting is that no one needed to hate each other that day for it to be perhaps the greatest game in the long tradition of the Cy-Hawk rivalry. We lost the game, but it felt good to have our favorite team respected, and it felt right to respect theirs.
What if we lived our entire lives like that as followers of Jesus? Perhaps, we would leave moments of disagreement without bitterness but encouragement. In conflict, we might seek the best interest for all people.
Eugene Peterson paraphrases the Apostle Paul's words from Philippians 4 with this:
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best not the worse; the beautiful not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
This weekend, whether you cheer for the good guys or the bad guys (kidding...), and this week, whether you agree or disagree with someone, seek the best in everyone. The results might surprise you.
P.S. Come join us in worship on Sunday in the Ames City Auditorium at 10:00 am!
P.P.S. Let's praise God for the exciting grand opening of
! I am
pumped for them!