By Dr. Tim Clinton

“This is a football”

Vince Lombardi…Many consider him to be the greatest pro football coach of all time. But his opening speech at training camp is a study in simplicity. He would stand on a table, hoist a pigskin, and say:

“Gentlemen, this is a football.”

But, wouldn’t a bunch of big-time NFL pros know that? Yes…but Lombardi understood that as the game grew more and more complicated, emphasizing the basics of the game became more and more essential. Nothing is more basic to the game…than the football. Everything centers on it.

The most important “basic” in our faith is love.

1 John 3:11… ”For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another…”


Everything Christian centers around it. Without it, our “words” are an irritating noise…a clanging gong.

“…Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another…” (4:11)
Re-think…love. Toward total strangers. When the waitress is rude, or somebody cuts you off in traffic…Love covers a multitude of sins.

“…By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers…” (3:16)

Re-think…love. In the Church. Why is it that it seems to be easier to love someone on the other side of the world, than the other side of the room?

“…Let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth…” (3:18)
Re-think…love. For your husband, wife, kids, parents.
Jesus says that we demonstrate that we are His… by the love we show to others.

Re-think…Love…kinda like… “Gentlemen, this is a football”

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