F&F Youth Update - The End of a Season Patriots v Eagles - by F&F founder Timothy Cheux
On Sunday night the culmination of the American Football Season came to an end. For the first time in my 35 years of being on this earth I was able to go to bed at a reasonable hour state-side. In the company of my Youth Group we watched the 52nd Super Bowl game whilst bowling, playing snooker, table tennis and rollerball.
The Philadelphia Eagles, as underdogs, beat, the favorites, the New England Patriots by 41 points to 33. The infamous Tom Brady lost only his second Super Bowl as he now contemplates continuing his sports career entering his 42nd year. The longevity and income of most sports professionals is short and unsuccessful, for most they would consider Brady fortunate to have had the success and length of career that he has had, in what is vastly considered to be a very dangerous sport. My Pastor and Friend, an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, today celebrated at the victory parade in the city of Philadelphia where nearly 5 million people came together to enjoy their home teams victory parade for the first time after fifty two attempts at winning the Super-bowl. Previously the Eagles had lost two finals at the Super-bowl and today finally they had a chance to celebrate. For Tom Brady it was a time to weep and mourn, but for the Eagles fans and team mates it was a time to laugh and time to dance. (Ecclesiastes 3:4) When participating in sports its important for us to remember for what purpose is it that we compete, spectate or take part in any activity. When a match or a season comes to an end we rarely examine what is in our heart and mind, but rather where did our team finish and what was the score. However, we often forget that the end and culmination of all things is near. Therefore, we must be sound-minded and self-controlled for the purpose of prayer staying balanced and focused on the things of God so that our communication will be clear, reasonable, specific and pleasing to Him. (1 Peter 4:7). On Sunday whether you were cheering for the Eagles or the Patriots its important that above all, we have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others. (1 Peter 4:8). So instead, at the end of sporting occasions lets be kind, shake hands and be hospitable to one another without complaint. (1Peter 4:7-9) At the end let us not forget that we have fought the good and worthy and noble fight, we have finished the race, we have kept the faith firmly guarding the gospel against error. For in the future there is reserved for us the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to us on that [great] day—and not to us only, but also to all those who have loved and longed for and welcomed His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Lets be a passionate and victorious sports team for the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Free & Fit NYC is growing and changing. We would love to hear from you and see if we could work together, pray together or even just hang out together!