Opinion. Observation. Application.
Priorities: Biblical Priorities VERSES Peyton’s Priorities
Minutes after winning Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning, the oldest starting quarterback in a Super Bowl at 39 years old was interviewed on the field by sportscaster, Tracy Wolfson. The question the journalists have constantly asked Manning was about his very possible retirement. February 7, 2016 brought Peyton Manning his 200th career win. (The most ever, by one quarterback). The whole Manning Family has been lauded by everyone as a classy family–and Peyton especially as an example to our children as a top notch attitude and role model. HOWEVER (and I have put this off all day long before offering up this challenge, just dreading swimming up stream of public opinion)–I listened to both the interview he gave Tracy Wolfson and the identical remarks he gave to Jim Nance. The Washington Post quotes him: “I’ll take time to reflect. I got a couple of priorities first. I want to kiss my wife and my kids. I want to hug my family. I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser, tonight, Tracy, I promise you that.” The CBS live interview included his final statement…..”and I’m going to take care of those first. I’m going to say a little prayer to the man upstairs. I’m very grateful.” I admit I was one of those who was cheering the old veteran on. I was the cliché. (Of being a “Peyton Fan” rather then a Broncos fan). I guess my admiration and respect of his years of high quality sportsmanship both ON and OFF the field, set me up to be pretty disappointed in Peyton’s final interview describing what HE SAID were his “priorities.” The problem I have is not that he mentioned alcohol (although Brian Steinburg writing a piece for Variety says, “active NFL players are not to mention alcohol companies on air).” My first thought after hearing Peyton give the order of his priorities not once in the moment but TWICE almost word for word in the same order was: He must be getting paid to mention Budweiser. With a 30 second commercial costing companies 4.5 to 5 million dollars each–maybe it was pre-arranged with Budweiser. According to Lisa Weser of Anheuser Peyton Manning was not paid for his mention of Budweiser. (Although she tweeted that she was glad he did mention Budweiser). Another source mentioned Peyton has financial interest in a couple of Beer Distributorships in Louisiana. The sore spot for me is the ORDER of his priorities: 1. Kiss his wife and kids 2. Drink plenty of Beer 3. Once he “takes care of those first” (his words, not my words)–he is going to say a “little prayer to the man upstairs.” COMMON ON, PEYTON! Peyton, you couldn’t walk, talk, or even breathe with out the “man upstairs.” According to your order of priorities you are going to talk to God AFTER you are good and hammered….don’t you think you might RE-THINK your order? Genesis 26:25 gives us a powerful Biblical model of priorities: “And Isaac built an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well. The Biblical model of priorities are this: 1. God first–in worship, in life, in everything. 2. Family second (the tent in this passage is the symbol of the domestic responsibility). 3. Work (and everything else). Digging the well was for his sheep, because Isaac’s work was of a shepherd–albeit a huge sheep operation, the most important thing to a shepherd was a water supply. Here in lies a challenge for all of us: WHAT IS THE ORDER OF YOUR PRIORITIES? If Tracy Wolfson or Jim Nance put a microphone in your face at one of the most spectacular moments of your professional life, what would you say your priorities are? Peyton says first kiss the wife and kids, then drink a lot of beer, and then after doing those (most important things), say a “little prayer” to the man upstairs. I suppose in our hedonistic, and self absorbed culture I should be happy the guy mentions his family first and puts God into the picture even a little bit–but that is what is wrong in our culture: WE HAVE OUR PRIORITIES MESSED UP. Our redemption comes through the belief in the Bible being our guide in life and our desire to build our lives through the application of Biblical models. It all starts in me believing and accepting God’s Word and God’s order for my priorities. God first. Family second. Work third. (Budweiser doesn’t come near to making the list). Just think about it. (And pray about it). God Bless, Pastor Marc