“An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. 2 Timothy 1:5
Last night I went to my first professional hockey game. The Coyote stadium buzzed with excitement, but unfortunately, the They lost to Winnipeg 3-2. The fast pace of the game kept me on my toes–where is that puck? I have enough trouble keeping track of a football.
My son’s girlfriend is a world-champion rollerblade hockey player and coached me about the rules of the game. At one point two guys were battling between themselves on the ice while two referees stood by patiently waiting for them to stop. I said, “Why don’t they stop this fight?” She replied until they go down on the ice, it is fair play to fight. A strange concept, I thought. Of course, the crowd loved the fight, and the two players ended up with a 5-minute penalty.
In today’s scripture, we read an athlete needs to play by the rules to get anywhere. Several times during the hockey game a player who didn’t observe the rules ended up in the penalty box to sit for two minutes which meant the team played with one less player during that time.
Life is like a hockey game. We can be playing fair and then in the next moment screw up. Our penalty box is the guilt we experience. After seeking forgiveness, we are ready to re-enter the game.
Lord, help us to play by the rules you have established for us. Amen.