On September 16, 2018 Buffalo Bills defensive back Vontae Davis shocked his team and sports fans when he retired during halftime of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He later issued a statement confirming his abrupt decision to retire. “This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL,” the 10-year veteran said, adding that he meant no disrespect to his teammates and coaches. “I’ve endured multiple surgeries and played through many different injuries throughout my career and, over the last few weeks, this was the latest physical challenge,” he continued. “But today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”
Is there a spiritual application to be made from Vontae Davis’ experience? There most certainly is! Christians often experience more than their fair share of bumps, bruises and hits on life’s playing field. Perhaps, like Vontae, we are tempted to think we shouldn’t be out here anymore. “It’s just not worth the effort,” some may say.
Not so! Sure, no one can deny that life can be difficult. Like everyone else, Christians may become weary. But hang in there! Any hardships in this life will compare in comparison to the blessings of heaven. The apostle Paul understood what it meant to experiences life’s difficulties, yet he wrote, “16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (II Corinthians 4:17).
I hope everyone of you will keep the faith, endure to the end and one day experience heaven!