Keller: The game of football

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 7, 2021

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Many years ago, I was impressed with a newspaper article written by Ann Landers titled “The Game of Life.” It shared how you should live your life if you wanted to finish strong and hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

With that article as an incentive, I decided to use it as a guide and write about the game of football. I think it’s appropriate at this time, as we look forward to the upcoming season.


Dear God: Help me to be a good sport in this little game of football. I don’t ask for any special place in the lineup. Give the coach wisdom to play me where needed. I only ask that I can give you 100 percent of everything I have, and in doing so, the coach will be satisfied. If all the hard drives come my way, I thank you for the compliments. Help me to remember that you never send a player any more than he can handle.

And, help me, Lord, to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. May I always play on the square, no matter what the others do. Help make me thankful for me.

Finally, God, if fate seems to be unfair to me during the season and I’m benched for any reason, help me not to whimper, or squeal, that the game was a frame-up, or that I got a raw deal. But when the season is over, and the banquet is held, I don’t need any special recognition. I just want to feel that I’ve been a team player, not only on the football team, but also in the most important game – the game of life. My only desire is to please you, and in doing so, I’ll please my coaches and will be an influence to my teammates.

And when I hear that final bell, I ask for no lying complimentary stones. All I want to hear is, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”


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