In the NFL, as in every sport, players are held to a high standard. When a player displays inappropriate conduct or unsportsmanlike behaviour they can be fined. This is a way for the “higher-ups” to keep their athletes in line. When a player does something wrong, most of them immediately think, “Great, I wonder how much the fine will be…” Something amazing about our God is that when we mess up we aren’t slapped with a fine. We are not ejected from the field, and we are not traded. He offers us this incredible gift: grace. This grace is not a wimpy little thing that can only handle trivial situations. This grace, HIS grace, is sufficient for everything we do. Whenever you watch a game, and you see a player make inappropriate gestures or go a little to far when it comes to justifying themselves to the referee, what do you normally think? It’s likely that many of us will let our minds wander to “What is going to be the punishment for that?” Given the fact that we live in a broken world, we tend to seek for the bad instead of the good. You see we don’t think “I’m sure he will formally apologize for that.” No; we go right to “Oh, that’s going to cost him!” God doesn’t do that to us! And we should be thankful for that. When we do something that would give a bad reflection of the One we serve, we are given the gift of grace. In Corinthians 12:9 it’s layed out clearly, “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” In Isaiah 55:6 it says that God is “lavish with forgiveness”. So when we have done something on the field of life that might trip us up, we can know that when we repent, His grace will cover us. He is loving (1 John 4:16) and doesn’t seek to hurt us, but to heal us. Play smart, and press toward the ultimate goal. But do remember: when you mess up, repent. His grace is sufficient.