I recently watched one of England’s matches during the Euros (football tournament) with a friend. He is English and heavily invested in the result of the match. It was a close one, and needless to say, my friend was on the edge of his seat the whole time! He moaned and complained about each error they made. But he also exhibited elation and delight with every call that went their way.
He even told me that he would be in a bad mood if England “blew this match.” They didn’t. England won that match, and my friend’s day was made.
As I was walking home, hearing all the car horns honking in celebration, I couldn’t help but wonder how these fans would be acting if England “blew this match.”
Now to be fair, I’m known to get a bit passionate during sports matches as well. Watching a Dallas Cowboys match back home can be a roller coaster of emotions for me as well. But it reminded me how often we invest in fleeting things.
Whether it’s a favorite sports team or a TV show that keeps us glued to the screen, sometimes people put too much stock in the things of this world. But that favorite sports team will not go undefeated forever, and the TV show we can’t miss is going to end eventually.
So, where does that leave us if we base our fulfillment on those things?
But Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. Others may let me down and my favorite hobbies may be fleeting, but Christ never disappoints, and only by investing in Him can I find true satisfaction.