Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice – Lessons from the Super Bowl

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15

I had the privilege and blessing of attending this year’s Super Bowl because my family got together and obtained a ticket to the game for me. This was the Super Bowl of a lifetime for me because it featured the two teams I root for in the NFL. It was a Super Bowl I couldn’t lose.

While taking in the Super Bowl experience, the Lord taught me some things that I thought I would share with you over the next few blogs. I call them Lessons from the Super Bowl.

For football aficionados, I too was stunned at the call that led to an interception. But, I am a football-coaching novice and I am sure they had their reasons for throwing that pass. Of course, if they completed it for a winning score, they would have been considered offensive geniuses and the NFL would display the football in the Hall of Fame. Always, remember, hindsight is 20/20.

When people ask me what I enjoyed the most, I would have to say that it wasn’t the game even though it was incredible. It wasn’t the seats as excellent as they were. It wasn’t the crowd as noisy and friendly as they were. It wasn’t the half time show as loud as it was (more on this later).

Once again, everything was incredibly good, but two things stand out the most. Let me share one of them.

When people found out that I was going to the Super Bowl, their response to me was uniformly the same. Everyone was extremely happy for me. I was blessed by just how happy everyone was. From family members to church members, to the staff at the school where I help coach, to the local bank tellers, to my neighbors where I live, people were genuinely joyful for me.

It gave me a sense of what Paul meant when he wrote, “Rejoice with those who rejoice…”

One of the blessings of community is that we don’t have to experience joy or sadness alone. We have those around us who will share with us and support us. People rejoicing with me made the experience better even before I got to Arizona.

At the end of the game, I got to experience the second part of Romans 12:15, which states, “…weep with those who weep.” I was surrounded by friends and family of the Seattle Seahawks (I must say, however, everyone around me handled it extremely well with no bitterness in their words, only disbelief). Again, it was good to be in community at a moment of extreme disappointment and sadness (even though it was only a football game).

The Super Bowl was a good reminder for me that God created us to be in community and that everything is better when we have people with whom to share our life experiences.

Something to think about…