Saturday, January 2, 2010
PASSION and THEN SOME!
TEAM 413 sells shirts in many colors with Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" printed on the back of each shirt. These shirts have become our ministry tool in addition to our fundraiser to keep us on the road. I've found it somewhat AMAZING that some people will NOT wear a certain color shirt because of a collegiate or pro athletic team allegiance. They say that they just can't wear green, yellow, orange, red, crimson, black, or blue because the "enemy" wears that color! We can walk into a stadium painted from head to toe in war paint for our team. We can yell at the top of our lungs for the athletic teams we support. We can spend thousands of dollars to get to these events and buy everything in sight that is color coordinated with our team. Grown men act like little boys and ladies act like aspiring cheerleaders. We have passion for that "thing" in our life. If you don't believe my theory, watch TV in the upcoming days. There are still many college bowl games to be played, NFL football playoffs and The Super Bowl are not too far away, and college and pro basketball seasons are in high gear. Catch a glimpse of a Pittsburgh Steelers' fan, a Dallas Cowboys' fan, a Boston Celtics' fan, a "you fill in the blank" college team fan. Relentless PASSION and THEN SOME! Yet, we can't get that excited over our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for us. We can't have the same type of passion for Him as we do for a sports team. There is simply something wrong with that picture! There is something wrong when you can't separate your team affiliation and your relationship with Christ. There is something really wrong when we can't show PASSION and THEN SOME for Christ! One of our TEAM 413 Ambassadors wears a shirt of a different color while he is training or running in races as a witnessing tool. He wears the color of the "enemy" of the team that he supports. When his buddies ridicule him about it, he uses it as an opportunity to share his faith. In doing so, he has won several of them to Christ -- through the simple message on a "wrong colored" shirt that shows the transparency of his heart! He shows his true PASSION and THEN SOME! I challenge you to show your passion for Jesus Christ. Don't worry about little inadequacies that we all have such as "the color of our shirt" and be more concerned about the message that we portray in our lives. Open the door for people to come to Christ through seeds you plant verbally or by the actions you live out each day. Show your PASSION and THEN SOME!Under HIS Grace... Chris