Making All Things New

The average career for an NFL player is about 3 seasons. And so while each new season brings fresh opportunities for teams to make the playoffs or win the Super Bowl, it also quite often means that today's stars are tomorrow's trash, tossed aside like a yesterday's newspaper. Teams are rarely loyal to an injured player. Get hurt too often and a player can lose his starting job. Or if they he has too many minor injuries, these players get tagged as “injury prone” and teams won't touch him. Even a winning quarterback who turns in a strong performance does not have a guaranteed job next year. Check out some of the quarterback changes so far this off-season:

•  The Chargers gave up on Drew Brees, 27, after five years, despite his Pro Bowl season in 2004, due to his nagging shoulder injury.

•  The Vikings waived their quarterback of the future, Daunte Culpepper, 29, who had MVP-worthy statistics as recently as two seasons ago. A knee injury ended his season.

•  Joey Harrington, 27, is about to be tossed on the scrap heap after four tumultuous years in Detroit . His shoddy play and discontent with the new coach caused him to be traded.

•  Patrick Ramsey, 27, was shopped around and then dumped by the Washington Redskins for a paltry sixth-round draft choice from the Jets after his poor performance.

•  The Jets have been desperate for somebody younger so they could dump injury riddled 29-year-old Chad Pennington. They ended up with also-ran Patrick Ramsey.

•  In his 4 th season, Baltimore may soon give up on Kyle Boller, age 24 as well.

•  In Arizona , Josh McCown, 26, quickly went from being the team's future to its past.

•  The same can be said for 25-year-old J.P. Losman in his 3 rd year in Buffalo .

•  David Carr, 26, was the draft's No. 1 pick just four years ago, but he already has people debating whether the Texans should use another No. 1 to replace him with Texas Longhorn QB Vince Young.

•  In Chicago's, a season ending injury to Rex Grossman almost cost him his job to Kyle Orton, even before the 25-year-old Grossman's career as an NLF quarterback had really started.

•  And then there's Aaron Brooks, old man Aaron, who turns 30 in a week. With the Saints' signing of Drew Brees, Brooks has most certainly been replaced by Brees.

Not all of those quarterbacks were first round NFL draft selections, but quite a few were. And those who hailed as the saviors of the franchise yesterday, are today being tossed aside. Even Hall of Fame Quarterback like Dan Marino, John Elway, Joe Montana couldn't even make a team anymore.

So it is in the NFL, and so it is in life. We get old, we get injured, and we just can't do the things we used to do. Things in this world just wear out and can't perform like they used to.

Think about how many things you have that are all worn out. Your car wears out. Your favorite sweater wears out. Your cell phone wears out. Food goes bad, sometimes in a matter of hours. But God has some very wonderful things planned for your future: Namely, that He will make everything new again.

But it is not just “things” that are made new, you will also have a brand new body in heaven. Did you know that? The Bible actually says that. You will never get old or injured in heaven. You will never get hurt or have scars. You will be given a new body will last forever. Imagine how good the Dallas Cowboys would be this year if all of their old, beat up, retired Hall of Fame players had brand new bodies and could play again! Even the New Orleans Saints would win the Super Bowl if they had all their best players of all time on their team again.

So as we start this second half, reflect on the goodness of God and rest in his promises for your future. While things get old and wear out, God's plans for your life are good. Things wear out, people wear out. But God makes them new all again.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City , the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." – Revelation 21

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