Those Judgmental People on Sunday

You know what people I am talking about.

The people that look forward all week for Sunday morning, so that they can get out of bed and put their overpriced clothes on and stick their noses up at people who may not wear the same attire.

The people that love to sit next to one another that dress the same and poke at those who think differently.

The people that love going to watch someone else do the work on Sundays but don’t ever actually do it themselves.

The people that get really excited when something on Sunday happens but you don’t hear a peep from the rest of the week.

After their Sunday ritual they go off to eat too much and take a nap.

These people….they are the worst.

It used to be you just had to put up with them on Sunday, but now it is constantly through their phone, it’s all they want to talk about at parties; they have secret get-togethers to plan out their year.

I’m telling you, these judgmental people are ruining America.

You know which judgmental people I’m talking about! Football fans! They are the most judgmental, hyper-critical, overbearing people.

So…..yeah all this is meant to be in good humor. But I will be doing a blog series comparing what we expect out of our football players, coaches, owners, franchises, league, and etc. through a Christian worldview. It should be fun, but hopefully there will be some self-examination as well.

The overall point is to be cautious of what we expect from other people.

What do we expect from our wives, husbands, kids, friends, family, church family, co-workers? NFL teams and players?

Could we stand under our own expectations of others?

This will be worked out under a series of topics that we hear throughout NFL fan bases.

What would happen if those expectations got turned around on us?

It should be fun, but hopefully encourages myself and others to extend grace.

In a parable (Luke 19:22) Jesus teaches, “I will condemn you with your own words…”

Now, sin is anything not of faith, sin results in separation from God. Jesus does not need our own words to condemn us. God’s holiness is much higher than our standards. What a great tool however; to show us the harshness of our hearts, that not only would we be crushed by God’s holiness, but we crush ourselves with our expectations of others that we cannot hold up to.

God knows that we crush ourselves and that we choose to separate ourselves from him, bringing judgement upon us.

That is why Jesus came down, bringing perfect obedience from Heaven, to absorb the wrath of judgement on the cross and remove condemnation; there is salvation from judgement to be received by grace through faith.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

So I am definitely not condemning believers or football fans, of which I am both. The aim is to enjoy some humor and honesty while we examine what might be going through our minds while our eyes are on the bible, or the game.

Resolution:

  1. Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it. (Dec. 19, 1722)

Common Grace:

Sitting down. Better yet, how about sitting down in a good chair, or even “your” chair. A friend recently came over and I insisted him sit in the best chair, that I may or may not sit in most of the time. But it is also a symbol of: your work is done. You have the privilege of sitting down; you have the seat of honor to rest.

Beeline:

Hebrews 1:3b After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…

Speaking of Jesus, who died on the cross for the removal of our sins and after defeating death, resurrected and ascended back to heaven and “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty”

Hometown:

Brazos Cinema III, the Mineral Wells movie theater.

Now the temptation is to drive 30 minutes east, to a newer theater that has some extra amenities.

But if you live in Mineral Wells, I would encourage you to stay in our town and save the gas. It’s the same movie and a very good experience. I have taken my kids several times this summer and have never had a problem. It is really simple. Go to the movies. Get your snacks. Find your seat. Watch a movie. You really need to drive 30 minutes to do that for a chicken leg or beer while you watch the movie? Go to dinner afterwards! Stay in your city!

Recommendation:

Hey while you are at the movies, especially in Mineral Wells, skip the popcorn and go straight for the pretzel. Man those pretzels are so good. Hot, check. Salted, check. Buttered, check. Extra cheese sauce to dip in?! Check. It is my new “go to” movie snack. Buy you a pretzel the next time you are at the movies. Because they are really good and it would be really awkward to see you pull a pretzel out of your bag. I see you sneaking candy into the theaters.

 

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

Enjoy.

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Friends, Golf, and Country Living Magazine

The wisest man I ever have or will know, told me repeatedly from an early age, “A man might in his life have only 1 true friend, he is very lucky if he has 2 or 3, you might have a lot of acquaintances, but only a few true friends.”

You can argue with that or believe some of it but deep down we don’t want to believe that. We want to dream of having 50 real friends. This is not a bad dream. We were created to be in community.

There is no present situation where there is “un-friending” or betrayal. I am not sour about anything. No tale of bitterness that we constantly see and hear; the disgruntlement of someone when they say, “Now I see who my true friends are.”

However, the hard life of my grandfather taught him that friendship is rare, costly, and to be guarded and treasured. The older I get, the more I see this to be true.

If you grew up in the 1990’s or earlier, friendship was defined by T.V. shows like Cheers and Friends, where “everyone knows your name” and there are open doors to apartments.

Not hating on the shows, but friendship like other aspects of life that can be defined by culture soon morph into different understandings.

There should be no need in discussing if the friendship is built on financial gain, lifestyle improvement, or anything in the regards to advancing in certain circles. These things are obviously selfish and shortsighted but are far too often a kindling of friendship only for the relationship to be discarded once the objective has been achieved.

I am not warning against acquaintances either. Every friendship has to start somewhere. In fact, I would charge you to keep your eyes open to who could be a friend. Be generous with your resources with acquaintances for the sake of, hospitality, community and eventually friendship; things this world sorely needs.

As I battled anxiety and am battling anxiety, two things, among others, have been greatly beneficial.

1) Sleep

2) Friends

Hey, my friends can’t sleep for me, so sleep comes first.

All kidding aside, my friends supported me in the ways that I needed support. They helped in ways that I needed help.

In the gospel of John, Jesus said “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Laying down your life isn’t just the proverbial “falling on a grenade for someone”.

As Jesus described, it is as he loves us. This means sacrificial among many other things.

My best explanation is, my friends not only loved me, but they saw what I love and they loved those things as well. My friends loved and cared for my wife, my kids, my church, not just me.

Who are my friends? How could I look into someone’s life and love them the way they would like to be loved? What do my friends love? Who do they love? Who might become a friend?

Resolutions:

  1. I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live if they were to live their lives over again. Resolved, that I will just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. (July 8, 1723) Jonathan Edwards.

Common Grace:

Music. It is not hard to see that humans were created with a desire for music. Some more than others. Some more talented than others. Music is involved in celebrations and mourning. Music accompanies movies as soundtracks. Lyrics to music have been a source of transferring history and lessons for thousands of years. Most recently music was set to a playlist during a weekend getaway.

Beeline:

Music takes place all over the Bible, right in the middle there is Psalm 95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Hometown:

Holiday Hills Country Club. My hometown course. Sure, it’s the golf course that I have played the most and it would be easy to compare to other courses and criticize if I didn’t know better. I have recently played a few courses east and south of us. I will play Holiday Hills any day. I try to play mostly with my dad on Thursday evenings a couple times a month, where Holiday Hills hosts a 9-hole scramble. But I also enjoy some backyard chipping teaching my son and daughter with junior clubs as my wife laughs at us.

Recommendation:

Go ahead and make a subscription to a physical copy magazine or newspaper or digest of some sort.

5 Good Reasons:

1) It provides something better than junk mail or bills in the mailbox

2) There is a genuine, “oh great my _____ copy is here” when it arrives

3) It is pretty cheap, usually less than $20 per year

4) It might start up better conversation around the house than looking at your phones

5) Don’t miss the point; paper subscription of any kind isn’t just about the transfer of information, because you could probably get the same information faster on-line.

The point is that you are more likely to read the material that you are interested in if it arrives physically and you are more likely to share and discuss a physical copy.

Enjoy!

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.