Extremely Average

Coming into this past weekend’s action in the NFL, there were nine teams—several of them preseason Super Bowl picks—that were log-jammed at 3-3. For years it has seemed that the NFL was marching toward a designed parity, primarily by the structure of the draft, that would try to make all the teams equal.

While that parity has not yet fully arrived, the presence of so many .500 teams this deep into the season makes me wonder if this kind of parity is a good thing. In a world full of average, shouldn’t there be some evidence of greatness? Isn’t the NFL better with teams that are jaw-dropping with their excellence and dominance? I love football, but, for me, to see the NFL marked by teams that are extremely average does not make for great viewing.

When looking for genuine greatness, however, you need lo no further than the God of the Bible. The psalmist celebrated God with the declaration: “Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?” (71:19).

He has done great things, and He is great in who He is—so much so that the psalmist exults, “O God, who is like You?” The obvious answer is that there is no one like Him. He is great, and greatly to be praised, as Psalm 145:3 says, because His greatness is unsearchable! Such calls to worship should cause us to reflect in wonder at who He is and at all that He has done—a refreshing breath of fresh air for those living in a world that is often extremely average!

 

Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain