So I presume that we all watched one of the greatest Super Bowls in all of NFL history this past Sunday. Talk about riveting! I am an native Arizonan, so this was a long, long, long time coming. I found myself beside myself. Sweating and tearing in sheer angst, anxiety, frustration and jubilation. It was a surreal experience. There was a moment that I though to myself "So this is what it is like for people when THEIR team is in the Super Bowl. AWESOME!!" And it wasn't just some team, a team that has come from behind to blow the minds of many. No one really saw this coming. Even better!
Then there was that defining moment towards the end of the second half where Fitzgerald scooped up the ball on an interception and ran for the TD line. His eyes as big as a child being chased by the boogie monster with the flicker of hope that said "This could be something HUGE, BIG!" I am sure I am not alone when I say that the noise level was deafening and palpable as we screamed merciless at the T.V. We all knew that this was something so big. Huge! Pivotal even. And then Fitzgerald crosses the line and what is one of the first thing he does? Yes, the iconic pointing of the finger to the sky symbolizing that this HUGE thing that just happened had nothing to do with him, a mere man. That there was something or someone who Fitzgeral chose to direct all of that power, strength, achievement and beauty towards. And in that moment Fitzgerald gave us all a view of God.
The greek word for glory is doxa, it means view of, good opinion, honor, value or weight. In our pursuit to be living examples of the better way in ALL areas of our life (spiritual, physical, social, mental/emotional- biblical wholism), it is important that "whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do,do it all for the glory of God " (1 corinthians 10:31) We must be conscious of our doxa. I love how where it matters most for us, like how we are to LIVE, God makes it very simple for us. We can simplify our live by asking one thing, "Does who I am and what I do glorify the One who Is?" Glory is something we are given and we give, not something we do. Glory is a byproduct of the choices we make and a lifestyle we create. In all things you are either giving good view, opinion and value to the Creator God, the One who is, or you are not. One way brings you lasting joy and fulfillment while the other will leave you feeling depleted and in need for another fix. This is why as disciples of Jesus, the one who came to show us a better way, it is crucial that we stay correctable and humble so that in every part of our lives we are giving others a beautiful view of God. God receives glory and you receive joy.