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Devotional - That's Fun!

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Devotional - That's Fun!

LIFE'S EQUIPMENT BAG 

That’s Fun!

When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game.
Joe DiMaggio,
Hall of Fame player, New York Yankees

Second year Kansas City Chiefs Phenom QB, Patrick Mahomes, has, per Yahoo Sports, a problem.

We found Patrick Mahomes’s only flaw: he likes ketchup on his steak.
Yahoo Sports

Mahomes loves ketchup. So much so, that the Heinz Ketchup Company, based in Pittsburgh, the home of the Steelers, has promised him ketchup for life if he can throw 57 touchdowns this season. He currently has 31 and he’ll have to figure out how to throw 26 more touchdowns in, counting the Super Bowl, nine games. It’s doable, but he’ll have to hurry. That’s fun!

Talking about fun, here’s another story that’s fun. On a chilly November day in 1924 in Bozeman, Montana, the Montana State freshman football team, the Bob-kittens, undefeated and feeling frisky, decided to change things up a little. Head coach Schubert Dyche and his team resolved on that Saturday to get their star quarterback and kicker, Forest “Frosty” Peters, the national record for field goals in a college game.

Freshman squads, while now non-existent, were the norm for many years in college football. Up until a rule change that took effect in the 1972-’73 season, freshman players, no matter their talent level, were not allowed to play on college varsity teams. This caused freshman teams, often filled with talent, to be followed closely by fanbases.

Taking the field against Billings Polytechnic, now known as Rocky Mountain College, Frosty took the opening snap and broke free running for what looked like an easy touchdown. To the surprise and shock of on-lookers, Frosty stopped short of the goal line and backed up to the 10-yard line and drop-kicked a field goal. The Bob-kittens continued opting for field goals the entire first half.

Frosty headed to the locker-room having hit on nine of 15 attempts. Still eight short of setting the record, Frosty thought the team should start going for some touchdowns, but the coach negated that idea, choosing to continue to go for the record. In the second-half, Frosty went a perfect eight for eight, setting a new-record that still stands today, 17 field goals in a game. That’s fun!

Life is often serious and at times very hard. It can beat us down until we are tempted to despair. But, it shouldn’t always be that way. Coach Jesus said this about His desire for His players,

I came so they can have real and eternal life, 
more and better life than they ever dreamed of.    
John 10:10 (The Message)

The Playbook instructs us that,

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

Now is the time to enjoy your life and the lives of those on your field, your spouse, your children, and your friends. Don’t let the tediousness of the game of life rob you. Make time for fun. It doesn’t have to be something big. Do something spontaneous or out of your box.

Remember:

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

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