Something More

New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady has dominated the sporting news recently. Even people who care nothing about football know at least a little about the post Super Bowl mayhem known as Deflate-gate. Accused of being a part of knowingly playing with under inflated footballs in the 2014 AFC Championship game, Brady was initially handed a 4-game suspension to be levied against him at the start of the 2015 NFL season.

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

But the penalty was overturned by a federal judge, which allowed him to be at the helm to guide the Patriots to their first win in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Regardless of what people think about the scandal or any of the intense negotiations and “alleged” shenanigans that went on over the last 7 months, true football fans should find it hard not to give at least a tip of their hats to the athletic ability and powerful influence of this 4-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Yet with all his success, and the money and fame that go along with it, there’s a haunting question that Brady posed during an interview with 60 Minutes anchor Steve Kroft some years ago.

Tom Brady 60 Minutes Interview
Tom Brady
60 Minutes Interview

Why do I have three (now 4) Super Bowl rings, and still think there’s something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, “Hey man, this is what is.” I reached my goal, my dream, my life. Me, I think: God, it’s gotta be more than this. I mean this can’t be what it’s all cracked up to be. I mean I’ve done it. … And what else is there for me?
(see a portion of the interview here)

You know, people everywhere, in every era and in every situation, have searched for the illusive answer to that same question. But as Brady and others like him have discovered, there is no ultimate satisfaction to be found in accomplishment, fame, riches, or achievement.  For even if you make it to the top of the mountain and actually gain all the that the world offers, the painful irony is you discover that, in reality, you have nothing.

Jesus spoke directly to this all too common yearning for “something more” in Matthew 11:29-30.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Contentment. Rest. Peace. All that our souls’ desire doesn’t start after a long and weary life of hard work, cunning and squeezing a bit of happiness out of this world any way you can. It begins with a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As we seek the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30) and delight ourselves in Him (Ps 37:4), we will find He supersedes all things that are less worthy of our affection, and in turn, fills us with Himself.

And this all starts with His invitation to “Come.” (vs 28)

Until we RSVP to Him and begin a relationship with God through faith in Christ, then we’ll spend our lives vainly chasing one accomplishment after another and find, tragically, that when the game of life is over, we’ll be left holding the ball well short of the end zone.

 

17 thoughts on “Something More

  1. Your blog reminded me of the questions I once had as a young man. Although I didn’t have fame, ton’s of money, or a model for a wife…I still had Tom’s questions: There’s got to be more in life than this! It wasn’t until 1972, at thirty years old, that I came to understand “His way of doing and being right” versus “My way of doing and being right.” His system Vs. The World’s System (Matthew 6:33).
    As always, thank you Karen for your wonderful insights using such terrific analogies to get the POINT across to your readers.

  2. I think this is just one example, as you have said, that this world can only give temporary, if that, contentment. The truth thirst in the soul is not satisfied by any kind of material possessions or fame. It would be nice if more people honestly stated that. Hope he finds the Lord if he does not know Him, and can find the rest, peace and contentment you mention.

    Thanks for sharing the thoughts. Coming to you from Theocentric Thursdays

  3. Excellent! I heard that Jack Higgins, who wrote “The Eagle Has Landed” was asked in an interview after it had sold 50 million copies, “What do you wish you had known when you started out that you know now that you are at the top of the mountain?” His reply was, “That there’s nothing there.” Haunting indeed. Those people want wealth but we actually HAVE it. The beautiful thing (as you say so well and so often) is that we don’t need to hoard that “wealth,” there is an endless supply! And we can share it freely! I love that passage from Isaiah 55. It says it so beautifully. We have an abundance to share & the more you give away, the more you have. God’s economy is not earthly bound!

    1. And, you know, so many CHRISTIANS who HAVE wealth don’t know it either. We are so prone to stuff our mouths with the world’s “soda crackers” without realizing that we have been invited to dine -unrestricted- at the wedding feast of the King of Kings. Now that’s the real tragedy. Thanks for reading, Rachel!

    1. I think we can see so many tragic examples of people who have reached the top of their careers and have been left empty… Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, & Robin Williams come to mind, but there are many others. Even with so many of these stories that make the news, somehow we think that WE will be different as we run headlong after the things of this world. Christians are susceptible to the deception of the enemy too. So we have to be careful to check our lives often to make sure we are pursing the right things. thanks Kelsie!

  4. Deflateagate was just the tip of the ice berg of the arrogance of the team as a whole not just the man . I am not a fan of the Patriots but respect Brady and his accomplishments just not his behavior.

    1. I’m not a fan of the Pats either. But I did find his comments telling from one who has reached the top and found nothing but ashes there. A reminder that nothing in this world satisfies b/c we were made for our Creator! Thanks for stopping by, Charles!

  5. I like how you say it starts, not at the end, but at the beginning. It starts by choosing Jesus for our journey ahead. That is so true.

    “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11

    Powerful reminder; thank you, Karen.

  6. What a touching post, Karen! Many years ago, fresh out of college, I worked at M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, TX. As I worked with patients, I never heard anyone say, “I wish I’d spend more time at the office.” or “I never got that car I dreamed of.” God used these people to teach me the launching pad of a life well-lived: Only what is accomplished for God brings joy and fulfillment.

    1. The world is full of vain pursuits that leave us starving even when we have eaten our fill. Isaiah 55:1-2 gives us God’s offer of fulfillment.
      “Come, all you who are thirsty,
      come to the waters;
      and you who have no money,
      come, buy and eat!
      Come, buy wine and milk
      without money and without cost.
      Why spend money on what is not bread,
      and your labor on what does not satisfy?
      Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
      and you will delight in the richest of fare.

  7. Wow Karen. I don’t follow football (my husband does) but that is a haunting question and a perfect illustration of the fact that no amount of money or fame will ever fully satisfy us. Thank you for this poignant reminder that true fulfillment can only be found in Christ alone.

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