I’m 36 and I’m a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
They had one of their worst performances in team history Sunday in an embarrassing 35-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Like many football fans, I’m passionate about my team. And there’s nothing inherently wrong about rooting for your team, being happy when they win and disappointed when they lose. That said, it’s easy to take it too far.
I’ve been guilty in the past of getting really annoyed when the Steelers lose and letting a poor attitude get the best of me. Sometimes I let the team’s performance control my attitude, which is wrong.
So how did I deal with Sunday’s performance? I turned the TV off, turned the computer off, and went out and enjoyed a concert with my wife.
Where do you find your joy? Where do you find your peace?
Paul talks about what God offers through the Holy Spirit:
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22–23 NLT).
As humans, it’s easy to get wrapped up in what happens day-to-day.
It’s comforting to know that there is a Heavenly Father who can provide true joy and peace, no matter what happens in the world—or to our favorite football teams.
Do you know Him?
—Chris PughFollow @chrispugh3