Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is. His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Today is Super Bowl Sunday. This is the game quarterbacks have worked for! Today’s quarterback can no longer be just a great athlete. He must also be a student of the game with an excellent memory. The teams playing have offensive playbooks of 150–170 different plays! Even though the players who reach the Super Bowl are already familiar with the basics plays, they must still spend time in classroom situations, reviewing all the possibilities with diagrams, films, and computers that allow the players to see field situations.
However, nothing can replace the intelligence and abilities of a great quarterback. Many coaches would say that quarterback is Peyton Manning. Voted four times as the NFL’s MVP, he’s proven to be one of the quickest studies pro football has ever seen.
In 2012 Peyton was released by the Colts due to the uncertainty about his neck injury recovery and his age. Within a very short time Peyton had to learn an entire new system while becoming connected with new coaches and teammates to create a winning offense with the Broncos. Peyton’s commitment to excellence, even in his preparation for a game, shows that he can adapt quickly to difficult situations. There are precious few who could move to another team and take over the reins immediately.
In order for us to develop real character and be consistent in life, we must dedicate ourselves to studying the things that will impact us, just as a football player must study the playbook. Our playbook is the Bible.
The lessons contained in its sixty-six books haven’t changed in thousands of years. Its message provides answers to the issues challenging us at home, in our place of employment, with our neighbors, and at school. God’s Word is knowledge and wisdom that will inform, transform, conform, and reform our very souls. It will renew our minds and renovate our spirits. Amen!