Last Thursday night, the Indianapolis Colts easily defeated the Jaguars, 27-10, in Jacksonville to go 6-3 as they pass the midpoint of the NFL season. Considering how dreadful the Colts were last year, that 6-3 record would be a huge story all by itself, but what makes it even more significant is the play of their rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Coming out of Stanford, where he had played his college ball, Luck was routinely touted as the most NFL-ready quarterback to come out of college since John Elway. It is unlikely, however, that anyone expected Luck to be leading a team that was 2-14 last year to the threshold of a possible playoff berth. Beyond that, no one expected him to perform in such a seemingly effortless way. The NFL is hard. Really hard. But Andrew Luck is making the transition seem easy. He is performing at a level never before seen by a rookie quarterback—and making the Colts a legion of new fans along the way.
Many times, youth is seen as a disadvantage. Experience reigns supreme and is often viewed as the indispensable ingredient for success, but youth can be a great advantage. Especially if youth is used to wisely build a foundation for life. That was certainly the case of the psalmist who penned the words of Psalm 71, where he proclaimed, “You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth” (71:5).
From his youth, the psalmist had laid the groundwork for a life of faith by putting his hope and trust in God. It is the platform from which a life of wisdom, grace, and integrity can be built, for it is rooted in the character of the wise, gracious, and trustworthy God. For the young, it is a great place to start. For the rest of us, it might be the place we need to start over after seasons of failure.
Finding our hope and confidence for life in God can make a huge difference in the way we approach life going forward.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain