Dear Friends,

The Super Bowl is over.  Back in the olden days, the first few Super Bowl games (with the except of Joe Namath and the Jets in 1969) were unremarkable games that were decided long before they were over.  I remember the phrase “Super Bore” was frequently used.  Recently, it’s been a rare Super Bowl without a thrilling finish, yesterday included.  And of course the extra drama of the lights going out.  (I noticed they use the same lights we used to use in the sanctuary that take 30 minutes to come back up to full brightness after they go out.)

For the sports fan, now “March Madness” is just around the corner, and opening day for baseball, and then the NBA playoffs.  By then the pre-season NFL games will be about ready to start and we’ll be gearing up for another season of BSU football.  Of course, the world doesn’t revolve around sports.  For many, the appeal of sports is hard to comprehend.  And for those of us die-hard sports fans, it’s important to remind ourselves frequently that there is more to life.

Whether you’re a sports fan or not, it’s important to have something to look forward to.  We all need something out in the future that adds excitement and meaning to the present.  If there is nothing on your calendar that you are pointing toward and preparing for with eager anticipation, your life just might stagnate.  I promise, your life won’t be as enjoyable and you won’t be as much fun to be around.  G.K. Chesterton said, “There is one thing which gives radiance to everything.  It is the idea of something around the corner.”  What’s around the corner for you?  One of the joys of serving this church is that I know God has a lot of great things for us just around the  corner.  And there is a place for you to be part of these great things.  We have a lot to look forward to here at Nampa First United Methodist Church.

May you fully enjoy this day that is God’s gift to you, and may part of that enjoyment be your anticipation of even better days that lie ahead!

In Christ,