Sooo, I feel like a few of my friends may or may not think I’m a little on the insane side since the World Cup began. Only a few friends. Ahem. Buuut, I have gotten a bit excited about the World Cup. For real. I’ve watched some really insane games, caught one or two boring ones, and witnessed some games I don’t know that I’ll ever forget! I’ve definitely screamed at the television and told one or two refs what’s what. Don’t know why they don’t listen to my advice though. 😉 Either way, it’s been quite a ride and will only get more intensely fun as we head to quarterfinals and the hereafter!
I posted something recently on the Writesway Facebook page and thought I needed to come on here and expand on it a little bit. It was something that struck me one morning shortly after I woke and I decided to pen it down.
Merriam-Webster defines “fan” as:
1: an enthusiastic devotee (as of a sport or a performing art), usually as a spectator
2: an ardent admirer or enthusiast (as of a celebrity or a pursuit)
Check. Check. I am definitely both re: the World Cup. But…the World Cup only comes ‘round once every four years, and, in the end, it really is just about a sport. It does bring people together, forming new and unusual camaraderie, but as I said, it is just a sport event. It will not last forever, will not mean anything in the detail of my existence, will not change the course of my life in any meaningful way. What kinds of things will? And do I live for those? Do I cheer soooo loudly for issues, virtues, causes or traits that mean everything in the long-run?
What do I mean? In our time for example, even more now than ever, it is important to have courage enough to stand up for Truth. In fact, Jesus calls us to stand up for truth and justice – among other things. Know what, let me just show you how it’s said in the Bible book of Micah: “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?” In other words, kinda like when I tell my kids or steer them to what is good for them, these above things are supposedly good for our beings. For our sense of shalom or well-being. Doing acts of kindness, standing up for acts of integrity, loving on expressions of truth despite the prevalent mood, all these are what we are to be fans of! Gosh, I hope I am just that every day. Sometimes it’s definitely hard to have the necessary boldness. I like this quote by poet and philosopher Suzy Kassem: “Stand up for what is right, regardless of who is committing the wrong. Stand up for truth, regardless of who steps on it.” Do you know how powerful this is? It means that sometimes we may even need to take a stand against those who we love the most.
Bottom line: as strongly as I scream out at my television about football, I need to be passionate about the things that matter the most in life. Look out for those in your life as well, in your world. Speak loudly as pro every act of contentment, of courage, dignity, excellence, faith. Be sure to delight in graciousness, thankfulness, heck, even gentleness!
I leave you with a song that really touches me. In the chorus I like the idea of goodness and mercy being right beside me forever. This is not to be merely a wish or a prayer. I need it to be my reality. I need to live a life that is defined by both goodness and mercy because…if you dare to look super closely and in-between those two, you will find Love.
And I’m quite a fan of that. Are you?