I had a great time watching Superbowl XLV, which featured the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburg Steelers. I had my food and sweet treats together and it was on! If you need a good potato skins recipe, click here.
Anyway, it was a good game that was close all the way to the final seconds. The Steelers had a good run in the third quarter and even some of the fourth, but turnovers cost them the game. The Green Bay Packers emerged victorious, 31- 25. Greg Jennings scored two touchdowns for the Green Bay Packers. He was interviewed by Pam Oliver after the game and this is what he said:
“It’s a great day to be great. To God be the Glory.” – Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Jennings was overjoyed about the win and gave praise to God. As the son of a preacher, it was natural for him.
I was on Twitter while watching the game and saw that a few people didn’t like what he said.
Here’s some of the things people said about his public thanks to God:
- God doesn’t care about the game.
- God is too busy with war and other stuff to be dealing with a football game.
- God can’t change the outcome of a football game.
While those persons are entitled to their viewpoint, mine is totally different. I think it was wonderful that he thanked God! I believe that God is the giver of all talents and gifts. Yes, we have to put the work in to be great, but God blesses us with the ability. He blesses us with opportunity. He opens doors for us to showcase our talent. And that is worth thanking God for.
Think about it this way. When we graduate from school, we thank our parents. Why? Because they cared for us and made sure that we had everything they could possibly give us to be successful. God does the same thing but to an even higher level. He blesses our parents with the ability to provide for our needs. He watches over us and protects us. Why is it okay to publicly thank our parents when we graduate from school, but it’s not okay to publicly thank God whenever we have success?
Yes, God has a lot of things he’s dealing with right now. There are wars and civil unrest in diverse places. People are dying all over the world from disease and famine. But despite all of this, God still cares about each of us individually. He even knows the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:6-7). God is the ultimate multi-tasker. He is omnipresent, which means he is here, there, and everywhere at the same time (Psalm 139: 7-10). God answering your prayer doesn’t stop him from being a blessing to someone else at that very moment. He works blessings simultaneously. There’s no waiting list with God.
Everyone likes praise. If I give Little Man something, I expect him to show appreciation and thanks for what I’ve done for him. If he didn’t say thank you, I’d be quick to remind him about his manners. While we are working on our jobs, we like and expect to be recognized whenever we’ve done an exceptional job. Well, God loves praise too! He inhabits the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3). In Psalm 100, it tells us that God made us and we are to be thankful to him and bless his name.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
You may not have a Super Bowl ring, but I encourage you to give God thanks and praise for all that he has blessed you with. He’s certainly worthy!