Saturday, February 01, 2014

Friends Of Distinction


 
Super Bowl tomorrow! Will it snow in the Big Apple and make the NFL's weather gamble a historically bad idea? The good news is that the consensus best two teams, Denver and Seattle, are the participants in SUPER BOWL 48. (Sorry, I don't know how to do the Roman numerals.) With THE EVENT in mind, it's only proper to have a football theme in my attempt at spiritual depth tonight. If you are even a casual fan, you can probably name the two gentlemen featured above, Lane Kiffin and Jeff Fisher. Ahh, but what do they have in common? They both have coached in the NFL; Kiffin with the Raiders and Fisher with the Oilers/Titans/Rams. Both have roots at USC. Both had job breakups that had some bitterness attached. But those tidbits can be gleaned from WIKIPEDIA. The biggest common denominator is that both of them are my FACEBOOK friends! Both names came up in that People You May Know link with common friends so I sent them both a Friend Request and now these two celebrities make up 2 of my 3,780 Facebook Friends! I am blessed!

You know what's funny? My friends, Lane and Jeff, have never sent me a message. They've never LIKED a picture or posted birthday wishes on my timeline. The eerie thing is that it's almost like they don't really know me, that we are friends in name only. I mean, how can that be? You can go on to my FACEBOOK page and if you want to spend a little time, you can find them so it's legitimate. I feel like our friendship is a one way street and I'm the one.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives an illustration about the Judgement Day. Many will claim to have relationship with Jesus but will be rejected with the words, 'I never knew you- depart from me.' Those denied entry will show their credentials- prophecies/demon removals/good works- to no avail. WOW! I wonder if I show up at the Rams' training camp next summer, if I can walk the sideline with the team if I tell the security guards, "Hey, Jeff and I are Facebook friends!" Or maybe I can show up in Tuscaloosa where Lane Kiffin is now the Alabama offensive coordinator and yell through the fence, "Hey, Nick Saban! Loved you in The Blind Side. You know, I'm on Facebook with Lane. Mind if I join you?" Of course,those are silly examples because any friendship I have with Lane Kiffin and Jeff Fisher is as superficial as humanly possible. I would never think of approaching them because I DON'T REALLY KNOW THEM. Jesus teaches it will be the same one day in the future for many who apparently will be shocked. I can't let that happen to me. Better keep that status up to date....and accurate!    
PS: To insure historical accuracy, I must disclose that I do have a slight connection with Lane Kiffin. His father, Monte, is from Lexington, Nebraska and a state legend as both an athlete and coach. And, he was the speaker at the York High Sports Banquet my senior year and as president of the Booster Club which put on that banquet, I was blessed to meet the elder Kiffin!                                                                                                                                                                                  
Applicable quote of the day:

“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” 
E.B. White, Charlotte's Web 


God bless,
Steve
Luke 18:1

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