If you know much about me, you know that I love sports. Just about any kind of sports, it doesn't have to be the highest level of any particular sport. I love the camaraderie, I love the competition, I love the storylines, and most of all I just love watching "my team" with my family. Win or lose I love those times. You know the old saying, "the family that enjoys the highs and lows of watching their team struggle in athletic competition together whether they win or lose....stays together" or something like that.
Well, a couple of weeks ago my team, the Kansas Jayhawks, came up short again in the NCAA tournament. Although I saw this loss coming, there have been many years that I was extremely disappointed at the end of the season. Why do I care so much about a game played by 18 to 22-year-old kids? I've been thinking about that a lot recently, and I've come up with, I think, some pretty good answers. First of all I give time and money to follow 'my team.' I truly invest in them in someway. I also read about them. Although I do not know any of the players personally, I feel like I do because I know where they come from, some of their backgrounds, and I feel that connection to them. And also, and maybe most importantly, I am committed to my team win or lose, good or bad.
While thinking through these things, I came to realize that many of these things are the exact same things that keep us committed to our local church. I want to encourage you to strengthen your commitment and your connection to the church here at FBC. If you're just coming on Sunday mornings, you are missing out on a tremendous blessing and opportunity to grow in your faith in Christ and in relationships with others. I want to challenge you just like we do with our teams, to 1) invest your time; 2) invest yourself in building relationships as we all seek to follow the plan that God has for our lives, 3) get to know somebody, find out about their interests, their family, their background. 4) If you're not already, plug into a Bible study or LifeGroup. Get invested and involved in one aspect of church that you currently are not involved in. Wednesday nights? LifeGroups? I promise you will be glad you did.
Now it's time to switch gears to another sport and for me to just start supporting the state team that wears orange. (I know some of you give me a hard time for rooting for two different schools in different sports, but come on, you try rooting for Kansas in football.)

Keep The Faith,