Friday, February 5, 2010


Many people, both sports fans and non-sports fans, are anticipating the Superbowl.  For sports fan's its the nature of a championship game that excites them, for non-sports fans its an excuse to party.  Okay, it could be the commercials, community and food that makes it exciting for non-sports fans, either way the days before the Superbowl anticipation builds.  Often times, the anticipation is more enjoyable than the actual thing anticipated.  Also, often times our anticipations are wasted on something not worth anticipating.  For followers of Christ it is easy to get sucked into anticipating things that are far less valuable than what God would have us anticipate.

It reminds of something C.S. Lewis once wrote.  “We are far too easily pleased.  A friends wedding, a football game, and the arrival of out-of-town guests will never fulfill our deepest anticipations. These are shadow like anticipations; Christ is the substance. These are stream-like anticipations; Christ is the ocean. These are beam like anticipations; Christ is the sun."

What are you anticipating: the Superbowl (or another sporting event), a movie release, a new video game, a technological gadget, a wedding, a date, a new job?  I would just remind you (as I write this I'm also reminding myself) to keep that anticipation in check by putting it beside your anticipation of what God is doing and is going to do in the world around you.  

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