SU FEVER

I live in Central New York, approximately 30 minutes from Syracuse.

Being this close, I have had a good view of the Orange Fever that has captivated Syracuse University fans these past few weeks as SU moved it’s way into the Final Four of the NCAA Championship.

I have never been a big fan of basketball or football or the other team sports. I was into tennis back when my son played in high school and Andre Agassi was in the spotlight; and I enjoy watching the NHL on occasion.

However, even though I cannot stir up much interest even for the Super Bowl or the World Series, I can understand the fervor of all of these Orange fans. I have been a huge fan of NASCAR the last ten years or so, once upon a time eating, sleeping and drinking everything NASCAR for a few years as I tried to learn everything there was to learn.

Over the past year or so, my NASCAR obsession has waned, and now I watch practice and qualifying at triple speed, only pausing to see how Jeff Gordon was doing, then fast forwarding through to the end of the coverage. I watch the races in much the same way, finding myself getting bored after a few laps and turning to an Inspirational movie or a favorite episode of NCIS instead.

But as I traveled through the surrounding area this past week or so, I noticed the extensive amount of SU paraphernalia that decorated homes and yards. Facebook posts about the team far outweighed any other topics, everyone excited about the team’s advancement.

Now, while I am in no way condemning these thoughts and the encouragement and support shown to the team — I was there a few years ago with my support of Jeff Gordon — I can’t help but wonder what this country would be like if we all put that much fervor and passion into spreading the Gospel and living our lives for Jesus.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2013

WHAT ARE WE SHARING WITH OTHERS?

As we head into this season celebrating the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, I am reminded that each one of us has a responsibility to share the story of our redeemer with others.

Do we take the time to talk to others and tell them what the Lord has done for them?

Do we remind them that Christmas is not just a time for getting and receiving gifts and getting together with loved ones? Do we tell them that the day is a celebration and a reminder that if it were not for the fact that God sent his only Son to be born of a virgin and to be a substitution for our sins, we would not have a Christmas?

Do we tell them that Good Friday is not just a day off from school or work. Do we remind them that this is the memorial for the day that Jesus died on a cross, taking the entire weight of God’s wrath and judgment on Himself so that we might be saved?

Do we share the fact that what is called Easter is not about bunnies and chocolate candy but is actually Resurrection Sunday, celebrated in honor of the day when Jesus rose from the dead, promising us an eternity spent in His presence?

Do we acknowledge the fact that it is only those that receive Him as Savior that will spend eternity in His presence?

Do we share His love and mercy and grace with those around us? Do we show by our lives what is expected of each of us?

If not … why not?

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2013