18 & 10 > 7

book of manning

Seems like an obvious math equation, right?

Well, before you knock my math skills, stick with me for a hot second.

I’m not sure if any of you joined me in watching “The Book of Manning” last night or last week (it’s been on several times in between then), but it was awesome.

For those that have no idea what I’m referring to, this story went through the incredible history of the Manning family starting with Archie Manning winning the hearts of Ole Miss Rebels. It continued when Cooper (the oldest of the 3 Manning boys) set crazy highschool records (was forced to quit playing football due to medical issues), to Peyton Manning who became the Indianapolis Colts’ all-time leader in passing yards, to Eli Manning holding the Giants franchise record for most touchdown passes and completed passes in a career.

Archie, Cooper and Peyton all took on #18 for their football careers and Eli Manning went with #10.

As you well know, a touchdown is 7 points on the board.

Long story short, the Book of Manning doesn’t focus on touchdowns.

Weird, right?

When it all came down to it, Archie Manning was never worried about his boys ability to score 7; it was far more about their ability to rep #l8 & #10.

In other words, it was way more about who and what they represented than how many points they scored or how many records they attained.

Touchdowns didn’t matter.

Bowl games were irrelevant.

Shiny trophies were lackluster compared to the real prize: WHO the Mannings were on the inside.

Throughout the documentary, Archie consistently refers back to his greatest desire for his sons to be good people rather than good football players.

Sure, it’s always more fun and exciting to cheer for a wining team, but that was never the aim for his hearts desire.

Oh no.

#18  and #10 were always greater than #7.

Points win football games.

But in this life?

Character beats performance by a longshot.

Not to even begin to compare Archie Manning to Jesus, but I couldn’t help but think about the similarities when watching this story.

We run and we run and we run, trying our hardest to get all the touchdowns and say, “See dad! Look! Another trophy! I’m winning!”

And I think His response would be much like Archie manning’s: “My child, I care FAR less about the accolades you receive in your glass case and far more about the adoration in your heart.”

It’s about loving Him.

And when our focus is loving Jesus, He overflows from our hands and we are “good people” because He is the definition of good.

I just LOVE that.

He doesn’t care about what we win, He cares about WHO we worship.

And just FYI, the “Book of Manning” was not a sob story– those guys turned out to be a little better than so-so football players.

Same goes with Jesus- You worry about reppin’ Him and the touchdowns will take care of themselves

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” -2 Corinthians 5:20

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