As I write this on Monday, January 25, Packers fans are still coming to grips with the reality that their beloved team is not heading to Tampa for its sixth Super Bowl appearance. As difficult as this is to accept for the average Packers fan, I guarantee the mood is even more somber in radio and television stations in the Green Bay area.
Back in my radio days, the morning after a Packers playoff win was dubbed “victory Monday.” This was especially true when the win meant the Packers were advancing to the title game. Advertising and promotional plans already were in place and ready to be executed Monday morning. All that was needed was a Packers victory. For those media companies, a Packers loss means more than disappointment in the team for which they root. It means anticipated revenue will not materialize, especially for the radio and television stations that would have aired the game.
And fans looking for a bright moment after navigating a year of COVID may be more disappointed than usual. Yet, the Monday after the NFC title game could have been victory Monday. Every Monday can be. In fact, every day can be victory Monday.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:1-5 (NIV)
Everything of this world threatens to put distance between God and us: everything. Not just porn, and alcohol and other things that we call vices. Blessings can easily become curses. Enjoying food too much, idolizing our own children or spouse, and cheering for a football team to the exclusion of our relationship with Christ. In this passage, John reveals the secret to every day being victory Monday: glance at the worries of this world but gaze at God. More than that, love God and keeping his commands will not be a burden: “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” The Apostle Paul put it this way:
…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
When Christ is the center of our lives, we can navigate anything. I too wish the Packers had won. But it’s not number one of the list things I would prefer God would make happen. But we can awake each day starting by professing our love to Him and surrendering our entire lives anew to Him each morning. Troubles and disappointments remain. When we live like this is all there is, they can consume us. When we don’t just believe that forever with Jesus is real, but we live it, then every day on this earth can be victory Monday for us.
This post is republished with permission from Oakbrook Church, De Pere, WI.