I stayed up way too late Sunday night to watch the end of the Patriots & Chiefs. Thankfully I missed the horrible no-call against the Saints in the first game, or else I'd have gotten sucked way down into the Twitter vortex. By the way, fantastic trolling from the eye doctor offering free exams to the refs. Nice work.
But what stuck out the most in watching the Pats win in overtime wasn't that they controlled the ball and kept Mahomes off the field. It wasn't that the Evil Empire once again seemed to get the 50/50 calls. It was that Tom Brady was just as excited about his 9th Super Bowl appearance as he was his first. Think about that for a minute, Brady has been in more Super Bowls than any franchise in NFL history. And for him, that moment wasn't routine.
Not to connect everything to football, but in ministry we can so often get consumed by the doing of ministry and the doing of church that we forget to take joy in what we see around us. One of the unique things about ministry leadership is that God gives us, in many cases, a front row seat to what He's doing behind the scenes. We get to see the expressions on people's faces when they trust Christ, we get to hear the stories of broken marriages restored, we get to listen as people share about why they feel at home in our churches.
And that should never get old.
Thanks Tom Brady for reminding us that we should never get bored with the incredible, even when it becomes routine.
Scott M. Douglas
A blog about leadership and the lasting legacy of family ministry.