Friday Night Lights-Turned Off


Well I can’t believe I would ever be getting myself all up in a dither about high school football!!! Well it’s actually over! Houston we have a problem. What do I do with myself on Friday nights now?
A twist and a turn in the midst of our winning streak season led our team down the path to the losing side.
We started with a winning streak that caused us to believe we were a shoe in for the playoffs and possibly even finishing it off for the finals in the Cowboy Stadium in Dallas!! We shoot for big stars here in Texas!!
Our Bobcats did work their way back and hit the ground running
into the third round of the playoffs!!
Then it was “stick a fork in us” we are done.
Game over!

Getting to the playoffs was an accomplishment and the boys had much to be proud of this 2014 season of high school football.

I was pondering all these thoughts this morning as I dropped off my son and his two friends at school. Sophomores can’t park on campus until next semester. So they are stuck for now with their moms driving them. I thought about these boys who worked so hard to play and start their first year on high school varsity.
I am so proud of not only their accomplishments as athletes but more importantly their Christ like character of excellence.
I thought of the seniors who really have played well and are now left with only the recent memories of their football games and experiences. Some will go on and play in college. Others will not.
It’s like anything and everything in life. There’s a time to play and time to not.
It brings me to the age old famous lines of Ecclesiastes chapter 3:1-15 in the Bible.
(Of course, I have the Message version below for you to read.)

There’s a Right Time for Everything
3 There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

2-8 A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.
9-13 But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.

14 I’ve also concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God’s done it and that’s it. That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear.

15 Whatever was, is.
Whatever will be, is.
That’s how it always is with God.
God’s Testing Us

There is a season for everything. Obviously we see it in nature with Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring.

We sometimes don’t like change and
resist the new unknowns ahead with each passing season.

It’s kind of refreshing to see it’s normal and natural for things to be stretching, growing, dying and constantly changing in our lives.

So rather than looking back and missing all your comfortable yesterday’s…..ask God to help you welcome the new days ahead and all it brings.
Starting with today.
I’m thankful for all the seasons of my life and look forward to all the new times ahead.

A time to move on…..
No more football but it will resurface in 9 months and bring new memories
and maybe even take us further to the ultimate prize of Texas High School Football Champions of Everything for all Seasons!! Ha!

What is it that you are holding on to and don’t want to let it go?
Don’t look back and be sad.
Step into your fresh new day.
Move into your next season with great expectation and wonder.

Light On,
Kelley Allison

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