Who needs the Super Bowl? Who needs Ray Lewis, the most emotional man in uniform? Joe Flacco, the most underrated QB in the NFL? Colin Kaepernick, that kid who looks like he just graduated, from middle school? And who needs Beyonce’? (Seriously, do we really need to see a Vegas-style floor show in order to enjoy a football game?)
OK, I admit it; I am going to watch the Big Game. And I really hope the Ravens, the closest thing I can find to a Falcon, win. (However, just for the record, I won’t be watching Beyonce’ do her bouncy thing.) But the game I’m really excited about isn’t happening this weekend, it’s happening next weekend, February 9th. And it isn’t happening in some huge stadium filled with eighty-thousand fans watching professionals bang heads in flashy uniforms. It’s happening over at HCHS, with a bunch of high school kids, playing flag football. But from the standpoint of eternity, it’s probably more important.
The reason it’s more important is that this game is the next step in the development of a cutting edge ministry to Halifax County high school students known as Young Life. When Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel,” he meant that we would be crossing into unfamiliar territory, breaking ground and building relationships with people unknown to us, and in social situations that are foreign to us. Granted, a county high school isn’t exactly Timbuktu, but have you hung out with any high school kids lately? Many of them are as unfamiliar with Jesus, his message, and his church, as we are with the citizens of Shikoku. Their values, their vision, and their priorities are mysteries, until you get to know them. Then you find out that, like people everywhere, they need friends, they need fun and they need hope. That’s what Young Life does: it puts caring adults in consistent contact with kids in a fun environment so that they can be introduced to hope.
Or to put it another way, we are seeking to introduce students to Jesus Christ through the Young Life experience. That experience includes things like Saturday afternoon flag football games, one of which is planned for February 9th. We also have a chili cook-off planned for March 23rd where adults cook the chili and the kids serve as judges. Both events will be lots of fun and we could sure use your help. We need snacks and Gatorade for the 9th. And we need chili for the 23rd.
Please contact me at the church office if you’re interested, because while Halifax County Young Life may not be the biggest game of the year, it may be the most important for eternity.