1 Corinthians 13:4 NLT
Don’t judge a Louisville Cardinal by its color
As most of my friends and family know, I’m a huge sports fan, especially when it comes to my University of Kentucky basketball team. I look at it as a
obsession healthy hobby, although I do tend to be a bit obnoxious and overwhelming during basketball season. I’m the one who on game day wears my team colors (blue) from head to toe, and explains to you exactly how and why my team is going to demolish beat yours.
Now as a die-hard sports fan knows, you always have to be aware of the enemy; aka the rival team. You know, the one you absolutely love to cheer against. For a Kentucky Wildcat fan, that team is most definitely the Louisville Cardinals, regardless of the fact that they too are from our great state of Kentucky.
In order to be a true UK fan, you must never…and I do mean NEVER, EVER…like the Cards. To do so, would be grounds for immediate dismissal from the fan club we like to call the Big Blue Nation. (Woo-hoo…Go Big Blue)
As you might well guess, that was the policy I always lived by, and I must say I lived it well, that is until the day I met a Louisville Cardinal, and suddenly my colors started fading a tad bit. I’m not entirely sure of the exact moment it happened. Perhaps, it was the fact that I watched this team battle through a very courageous event to go on and win the 2013 championship, or maybe it was simply because this Cardinal I met ended up becoming my very best friend. Regardless the reason, I now have a new appreciation and respect for this team and its fan base.
“The gospel portrait of Jesus is that of a person who cherished life and especially other people as loving gifts from the Father’s hand.” (Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, pg. 62)
It may seem a tad silly to write about a couple of basketball teams, but this “rivalry” has taught me a lot about love and the gift of friendship. I’ve learned that true love sees no color, (even red or blue), “it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:5 HCSB)
I want my life to be more about how I love than what I do or do not like. I want my life to show that I love unconditionally without stereotyping anyone, or putting conditions on what kind of love I show. Most of all, I want to be seen as someone who loves as much like Jesus as possible.
Please join me in prayer:
Thank You for always putting me in situations where I’m able to learn more about You and how to love. I’m so grateful to have met this dear life-long friend of mine. She has taught me that true friends can love unconditionally, even if they don’t always see eye to eye on everything.
As always, it’s in Your name I pray,
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, 1990, Multnomah Press, Portland, Oregon.I always love to hear from my readers, so please leave a comment. You are also welcome to contact me privately if you need prayer.