For a long time now, since I moved to Lubbock, I have been taking special precautions to not develop ties to anything “Texas”. This would be because of my roots. Whenever there was a game going on with UT or Texas Tech I would naturally show a unbiased view or just not care. If you were to look at my wardrobe you would find no Texas articles. This was all for a specific purpose. I didn’t want to become one of those people. A sell out I guess you could say. I love where I am from and how I grew up, watching the saints lose. And then LSU started to win, a lot, if you remember CORRECTLY. Shortly after the Saints started doing the same thing. This made me ever more proud of my roots.

Last weekend we took the youth to LTC in Arlington. The weekend went very well. All the youth did amazing. Wanting to do something fun I decided that going to a Rangers game would be pretty cool. I have never been before. Chelsey and I were in Target with our gift cards that we received from our wedding. As we were looking around she said, “HEY, we should get some Ranger’s shirts for the game!!!” She could tell by the look on my face that I wasn’t too excited about such a notion. “Well, I’m getting one” she replied. After some encouragement I gave in and got one myself so we could match. I sold out. The short of the story is we went to the game and had a great time. We also got to enjoy a very up close encounter with a lightning storm while we were at the top of the stadium.

The application can come from many different angles. Are there things in our lives that keep us from selling out for God? Is there still some stuff that we are holding onto from our “roots”? If so, what will it take for you to fully embrace the Lord and live the kind of life you should?

Or you could look at it from the other angle.

Are you holding strong to your faith but there is something or someone pressuring you with a mentality that you know you should not adopt as your own. Have you held to the deep roots of your faith and yet there is someone threatening to cut down your tree?

Whichever way you choose to view this application I’m sure you can apply it to your life. In whatever way you choose: Heb 10:23.


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