Euro Cup 2012
It’s only 7 days away. That probably means nothing to most of you reading this. But if you were Spanish it might be part of your daily conversation, and you would definitely be excited for the chance to see your country defend her title.
I’ve heard people try to compare the Spaniards love of fútbol (or soccer to those of us from the U.S.) to that of America’s love of baseball, or football. But really, there is no comparison. It is a point of pride for most of the world that we as Americans can’t really understand if we have never lived surrounded by it.
I keep reading that Germany is predicted to win. But I don’t think that it would surprise anyone that I am cheering for the defending World Cup and Euro Cup Spanish squad.
I have been reading a lot lately in the Old Testament. Reading of God’s judgment on Israel, of the punishment that they deserve for worshiping idols, for their lack of righteousness…and I am reminded how, each day, we choose to serve God or not, to worship God or idols, to obey His Word or not.
“And they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.” Acts 7:41
Fútbol, like many other pleasures and material gains in Spain, is an idol. People worship the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who play for opposing Spanish-league teams. They cheer for their Spanish National team as if winning were the only important thing in life. I won’t lie. I want Spain to win. But more than winning a game, or another trophy, I pray that the hearts of the Spanish people would be open to the working of the Holy Spirit. I pray that they would hear and receive the Good News of a Savior that can give them so much more than a championship.
But I won’t be disappointed if you choose to cheer for Spain!
This summer into the fall is filling up. I have two more internships, in Colorado and South Carolina. I will be on the East Coast for much of the fall, and then back to MI before I head to Florida in February. Please keep praying for the finances that I need, safety while traveling, and for the rest of my schedule to fit together.
Continue to Pray:
Please continue to pray for the country of Spain. I am sure that most of you are aware of the grave financial situation in which she finds herself. Pray that the Lord would use this in hearts and lives, and that amidst trial people would see their need of a Savior.
Pray for my coworkers as well. There are several raising support on deputation, and others who find themselves in need of funds, though they are faithfully serving on the field.
Pray for the many miles that I will be traveling, the phone calls to be made, and for my schedule to work out as I seek to get more meetings on my calendar.
And most importantly, please pray that the Lord would be glorified, and that I would be a blessing to those who I come in contact with while I am ministering here, on deputation.