Those of us interested in rugby league no doubt watched the Grand Final last Sunday night. South Sydney (the Bunnies) defeated Canterbury Bankstown (the Bulldogs) 30-6. It was the opening tackle that got everyone talking, as there was a head clash that resulted in Souths’ Sam Burgess suffering a very noticeable depressed fracture to his cheekbone. As he is one of their best players, everyone was keen to see if he would try to play on or come off. Amazingly, he played the whole game, and played so well that he was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for the best player on the field.
After the game, Souths’ coach Michael Maguire revealed how he used the legend of John Sattler to inspire a wounded Sam Burgess to play through excruciating pain and lead his side to a famous grand final triumph. Now for those of you who don’t follow rugby league, John Sattler, also a South Sydney player, suffered a similar injury – broken jaw – in the first few minutes of the 1970 Grand Final, and he played on and Souths also went on to win that game. And how did the coach pass on such a message to inspire Sam to keep playing on? The message for Sam Burgess, relayed to him by the on field trainer, was just two words: John Sattler.
This sort of got me thinking as to what two words should inspire me to keep going on and keep pressing on in my walk with the Lord. Although life as a Christian in Cairns does not involve the threat of persecution – or any sort of physical suffering – it can be hard to simply keep focussed on the Lord in a society that is so indifferent toward him and seemingly so comfortable without him. I don’t know about you, but the two words that should inspire me to hang in there are: Jesus Christ.
Let s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:2-3).
Yes, they are the two words for me. What about you?
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