“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”–Hebrews 12:1
In six days, one of the greatest sporting events in the history of the world will take place. This event won’t feature multi-million dollar athletes who grab daily headlines just by putting on a pair of shoes or eating potato chips or driving a fancy car. Instead it will feature young men from humble means who–through the simple action of kicking a ball– have escaped poverty, disease, civil war and bloodshed to play a game that inspires many boys and girls who currently live in squalor.
While soccer or the World Cup may not be all the rage in the US like the NFL, the NBA or even NCAA Football, it is an event that unites humanity around the globe. The World Cup is a deeply enriching community event that connects people in a more profound way than the best Olympic Games. And it will be played in a place where humanity was hardly noticeable 20 years ago…South Africa
As someone who played soccer as a kid and who now as a dad gets great joy out of watching Katie kick her Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed soccer ball around the yard, I can’t wait to watch The World Cup on TV. And, of course, I’m looking forward to introducing the game to Katie too. After all she’s already learned what a football and basketball are so soccer seems like the logical next step in her her learning of sports. 🙂
May God be with all the players as they run the race set before them, as they participate in spirited competition, as they recognize all of humanity by celebrating Africa’s humanity and as they inspire people millions of miles away, regardless if they win or lose. No matter what happens, The World Cup will be a Beautiful Game…
“Man United. More than the name of the world’s most popular team, it’s a description of the state of the planet beginning on June 11. For one month in South Africa, as 32 national teams compete in the World Cup, vast portions of the globe’s six billion people will be bound in an all-consuming passion for soccer. At its most basic level—a handful of kids kicking what passes for a ball around whatever open ground they find—the game is a source of joy, sometimes a means of escape. At its pinnacle it defines nations and dissolves differences. In short, this simplest of games unites humankind like nothing else.”–Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated