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.
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.
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.