My husband and I hardly ever go to the movies anymore. It’s much easier to curl up on the couch with my favorite beverage, pop in a DVD, have the pause button ready to push and a bathroom nearby. But last week we took a chance and filed into a packed movie theater (which is rare these days), pop corn and m&ms in hand.
What called us there was The Bowden Dynasty, (Faith, Family, Football). A documentary type movie on the life of Florida State football coach, Bobby Bowden. I felt my A.D.D. angst come on when I heard it was 2 1/2 hours running time but to my wonder and amazement I never even looked at my watch…or phone.
I was spellbound at the way the movie portrayed the road to FSU football history but that wasn’t the big takeaway for me.
Buried in the football stories were 4 pieces of wisdom.
At the end of the documentary there was an interview with Coach Bowden to get his thoughts on his life and the film. When he was asked, “What do you want your legacy to be? The winningest football coach?
He chuckled and answered, “Ah, no, not at all. I want my legacy to be that I fulfilled God’s purpose for me in this life.”
This life isn’t about us, how much glory we can gain, it’s about God and how we can bring Him glory.
When Coach Bowden was asked what he was thinking about in the middle of the winning years when FSU was on top, having 14 successful seasons back to back with two national championships. He said, “You don’t know it’s happening at the time because you’re living your life as it comes. It’s only in the looking back that you see it’s done.”
We can’t see the end of our story, or what’s coming next, the good or the bad. Because of this we need to depend on and trust in our omniscient God and seek His will daily.
During the film it was noted that though Bobby Bowden was competitive he never took wins or losses too seriously. As a child he suffered from rheumatic fever and was told he would never live past the age of forty. That might have made some people fearful but it made Bobby grateful. Wins and losses paled in comparison to the gift of life.
Our days are numbered, and most of us don’t know what that number is. In light of this fact we should savor each day as if it were our last not getting bent out of shape by unwanted circumstances.
Bobby never prayed to win a game. He prayed for health. He prayed the team would do their best. He prayed for perseverance. And that’s what he preached to his team. “You’re going to have adversity but never give up. Keep fighting.”
Never quit. Never give up.
Watching this humble man live out these principles was inspiring. Huh, and I thought I was going to watch a movie about football…
If you would like to see this flick, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is, I think it was only in theaters for one night. The good news is, it will be out on DVD soon.
Which is even better because then like me, you can curl up on the couch with your favorite food and beverage and relax, knowing a bathroom is nearby and your finger is ready to push pause.
If you would like to see the trailer click here.
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God in every bump and twist in the road.