In football, the favour of God goes to both teams

Last week was pretty thought provoking and I did get some good feedback for which I was grateful.

But since I’ve not mentioned football for some time I was thinking now might be the time. I mean, it has been since early April since I last saw a match at the Glebe and Brechin City FC is without a manager at the moment and our other coaching staff have gone to Kirkcaldy also.

The days are flitting by and the CV’s are in, so perhaps by the time this actually gets to print we’ll know who the new manager will be. There is a need to move quickly so that we can get players signed and in place in time for Aberdeen to come to the Glebe for a preseason friendly in just a couple of weeks now.

We are going to miss a few of our regular lads, as it appears several have moved on with better prospects for their careers and I suppose the bit of uncertainty doesn’t help either. But a few club favourites are signed on, for which I’m glad as the names I’ve seen are guys I really like anyway.

Well by now you are saying: “you sure have taken a detour from your usual ‘look at the Bible’ approach.”

I just know that, sometimes, I get blamed when there is a loss for not praying hard enough for the win. The truth is I don’t pray for wins as the usual course of events as I suspect that my prayers are being offset by others at other teams praying equally as hard for the opposite result.

Instead I pray for our lads to play their best. Mostly that seems to work and most of us as BCFC supporters are usually happy win, lose or draw if the lads put in a good enough effort. A few times we have been gutted for the lads when they just ‘didn’t show up on the day’. Sadly they know it better than we do really.

So at the end of the day the bigger question is; does God have a favourite team when it comes to all the competitions that are out there?

I don’t know, I guess I kind of hope not. If so I want it to be Brechin, but I think it is one of those things that He just wants us to enjoy as it is.

I do know that the Bible tells us in Matthew 5:44-45: “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you, that ye may be the children of your Father who is in Heaven. For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

The key thought being there are the blessings that come to those who are both evil and good, the just and the unjust. So it seems to me the challenge is with football, the favour of God goes to both teams despite ones individual prayer.

I’ll be at a pastors conference so should have some big thoughts by next week. We’ll see how that ‘rain’ or ‘sunshine’ falls into my inspiration life. Hope your week is filled with enough of both sun and rain, and with Son and, well in this case, just Son...