Friday, September 21, 2012

Don't Compare Apples to Oranges

Last night I watched the Boise State football team somehow manage to win over BYU, 7-6. Yes, BYU did have 5 turnovers and couldn't do anything offensively for 90% of the game, but for BSU to win by only a point. It was one of those painful viewing experiences for BSU fans who have had so much to cheer about over the past decade. Then it hit me. Last year we lost 21 seniors, many of them who are now playing in the NFL. How could I be comparing the team of the past few years with the team I watched last night? I'm used to hearing names like Moore, Martin, Iloka and McClelin. But now I'm hearing names that don't even ring a bell. I've made the classic mistake a lot of people make. I'm trying to compare last year's team with this year's team, which is like comparing apples to oranges. Yes, they wear the same uniforms and play the same positions, but they are so different. If people try to compare like I was they will only end up disappointed. It makes me think of people who become "born again," making Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. The person they once were passes away and they become a new person with a new nature, in Christ. Colossians 3:9-10 tells us, "...for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him." When a person gets saved, don't compare the new man to the old man they once were. They are very different and comparing them is also like comparing apples to oranges. 

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