In a Reuters article yesterday, Classic Super Bowl promises grand ending to NFL season, Julian Linden writes about tomorrow’s game that “an estimated record worldwide audience of more than 160 million are expected to watch the extravaganza unfold on television.” He goes on to quote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as saying “No doubt, the whole world will be watching.” And so it seems.
We would do well, however, to recall that the current population of our planet is approximately 7 billion people – leaving 6.84 billion people not watching the Super Bowl. This means that 9 out of every 10 human beings will NOT be watching this “classic event” (more precisely, 98 out of 100!) Somehow, almost 98% of the world’s population will manage to get through February 5, 2012 without that experience.
The next time we’re prone to think that “everybody’s” involved in something, we should think twice.
Therefore, as far as what’s taking place tomorrow night in Indianapolis, let’s remember that it’s insignificant in the light of tomorrow night for the vast majority of the world – not to mention in the light of eternity.
“Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)
Nonetheless, you do well to ask yourself if the players are spending more time preparing for the unimportant game than you are spending preparing for eternity?