Faith Lessons From The NFL Draft

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I love the NFL Draft.

I love the personal story-line behind each players that connects the dots between their families, upbringing, college careers, and watching the reaction from fans/towns that their newly drafted prospect will represent. I love the endless scrutinizing of players college stats and postulating possible draft scenarios. I love speculating over the next possible 6th round diamond in the rough, and reminiscing over colossal first round busts of the past.

For those who are not familiar—the NFL draft, which now airs on prime time, and continues to gain popularity, is the yearly opportunity for the 32 NFL teams to pick the from best players in the college ranks.

Most players in the draft are picked based on a extremely long list of inputs like:

  • College Stats
  • A Pro-Day
  • The NFL Combine
  • The Wonderlic Test
  • Film Study
  • Personal Character
  • How fast they run the 40 yard dash
  • How tall they are
  • How much they weigh
  • How much they can bench-press
  • How high they can jump
  • “Intangibles” like locker room presence, football IQ, and leadership.

With the endless scrutiny that these players go through, especially in the first round, it reminded me that people look at the outside, but God looks at the inside.

From time to time, I think about how and why King David and Moses were chosen for leadership. I also think about when Jesus chose the disciples and how, from a purely “religious” perspective, they wouldn’t have been even been drafted in the first 20 rounds—let alone the first. But, God wasn’t/isn’t looking for the things that man looks for—he was/is looking at the heart.

Acts 13:22

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22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

1 Samuel 16:7

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

This should be good news for you and I! God doesn’t love us or “choose us” because of any characteristic—anymore than I love my one of my kids more because they are taller—well, actually, now that you mention it… (I’m Kidding)

God doesn’t love us because we are:

  • Tall
  • Short
  • Smart
  • Simple
  • Go to church
  • Help people
  • Fast
  • Slow
  • Have the Bible memorized
  • Republican
  • Democrat
  • Rich
  • Poor
  • You get the point.

No, God loves us because we are his beloved and He is our father.

If someone were to come up to me and ask, “Why do you love your children?” What would I say? Would I point to a G.P.A. or one of my children’s personal successes? No, of course not.

I would say, “I love them because they are MY children and I am their father.”

Whatever you are going through today, remember… God loves you because YOU are HIS child.

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  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    Good analogy, not an NFL fan, but I enjoyed this post.

    “If someone were to come up to me and ask, “Why do you love your children?” What would I say? Would I point to a G.P.A. or one of my children’s personal successes? No, of course not.

    I would say, “I love them because they are MY children and I am their father.”
    Wonderful way to put how God loves us!

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  • Rob Young

    What was Moses’ 40 time?

  • Sylvia Bray

    Just discovered your blog! I have four adult children and when one asks me if she/he is my favorite, I say “Yes, you are my favorite ____(insert her/his name)! Until I had children I could not comprehend how God could love me! Thanks for your blog! Sylvia

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    Sylvia! Yes! I SOOOO understand God’s love for us at a much deeper level after having my kids. And, Yes, I tell each of them that they are my favorite—all the time! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and welcome to the community!

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    Rob,
    That is too funny… By his “40″ time do you mean the “40″ years in the wilderness? Because if that is any indication of how fast he is…. He’s not starting for the Eagles!
    like 100-200 miles took them 40 years… ha. I’ll bet you Moses could bench like a beast!

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    TCAvey,

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and your encouragement. I’m glad you kept reading even though you aren’t an NFL fan.

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    Always ready to learn!