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We were watching the new summer premier TV shows. I heard one of the character say life is like a football game; there are grinders in the trenches and super-stars. That phrase got me to thinking. When my husband and I first married, he was attending Fresno State University (now called University of California at Fresno. We attended FSU football games, soccer games, wrestling and even bowled at the little bowling lane at the college.

When the new stadium was built, we organized several groups or teams of people to receive a discount on football tickets. You know, the more you buy the cheaper it gets. We organized the group for almost ten years before we moved to the state of Washington. We tail-gated and enjoyed the games even in the heat (over 100) or the fog (called Tule Fog). One game the fog was so thick you couldn’t even see across the field to the other side; like Twilight Zone. Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo!

My husband also watches the college football season (which is fast approaching). He has quit watching the major NFL season because of the players and their attitudes. Now let me add a postscript to that statement. My husband does not watch the NFL games on Sunday’s but he will turn on the post-game show to see the scores and he does watch the playoffs. I really don’t remember when he stopped watching the NFL games but he feels the young men at college level play from their hearts and the professionals play for money.

Playing from the heart? When I heard the phrase “grinders in the trenches” I immediately thought of the men and women working for God’s Glory. All those behind-the-scenes people who work in our church along with the prayer warriors leading the way; making sure churches are built, people are fed, their home church weekly services run smoothly and the organizers of projects, singers, band members – the doers! There’s nothing wrong and everything right about being the grinders in the trenches when we play and work from the heart. We are playing and working for the Super Star of All, Jesus. Join HIS team today, He wins every game!

Ephesians 4: 14-16: Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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