PODCAST: Fourth Down in Life is Analogous to a Tough Decision: To Go For It or Punt (#8)

My name is Daniel Whyte III, and welcome to the God Receives Glory Even From Football podcast #8. This podcast is based off of my new book of the same name. I wrote the book because I believe out of all the national sports God has received more glory and praise from American football over the past one hundred years than all of the other sports combined. This episode is chapter seven of the book, titled “Fourth Down in Life is Analogous to a Tough Decision: To Go For It or Punt.”

Theodore Roosevelt said “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

I Kings 18:21 says “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.

The fourth down decision is probably what most coaches get paid their huge salaries for even though it is a decision that comes quite often in the game. However, each fourth down decision is consequential and impacts the end result of the game. Of course, there are some fourth down decisions that have not only changed a game but have changed football history down through the years. Coaches have been fired for making the wrong fourth down decision. Coaches have been hired or have received extensions for making the right fourth down decisions. For you see, a lot goes into a fourth down decision. One of the things that is in the mix is that great coaches know their teams like the back of their hands. And they know if they have the heart to go for the 4th and 4 that would give them a new first down or whether or not they have a team of guys who need to punt and gain better field positions to defend their goal line. Like a Mozart can not only read and write music but can hear the music, the great coaches know the X’s and the O’s very well in the playbook, but they have the uncanny ability to “hear” the right call on fourth down plays or decisions. This separates, if you will, the great coaches and the not-so-great coaches.

At some point in your adult life you are going to be called upon to make the fourth down decisions of life. And if you are a true adult these decisions are going to come quite often. We live in a day and time where most people hate to make these everyday fourth down decisions. Today, we have a thing called “adulting”; something that we have never heard of before. In other words, there are adults who do not like doing adult things much less making the fourth down decisions of life. But if you are going to get over the bridge of troubled waters and make it safely to the other side you are going to have to bite the bullet and make the fourth down decisions of life. The ball is in your court. It’s your call. What are you going to do? Mildew or barbecue? Whatever you do, make the best decision possible and be prepared to live with it.

Now, the only way you can give God the glory through football is to be saved by believing in Jesus. Here is how:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

I hope that this podcast will remind you to give glory to God throughout this year’s football season.