I confess. I have never watched a Super Bowl game, at least not all the way through. And here’s something more astonishing. As flashy and igniting as the advertisers create commercials to get my attention, I’ve never seen one of them – except maybe on reruns after the lights have gone out and the parties are over. So why do I promote the Super Bowl in the same breath as Escape Anxiety?
What is the draw of the Super Bowl? What is the draw of any audaciously publicized event? True, there are thousands of diehard fans who spend spastic hours on the emotional roller coaster, play by play and instant replays, of point-keeping frenzy. But seriously – what is the real magnet of Super Bowl Sunday? Relationship; friendship; celebratory parties among a few to an overflowing public stadium. We are created for relationship and even if sports is not our passion, events like the Super Bowl offer opportunities to be with friends, reminisce, share stories, and experience happy moments.
One advantage to the Super Bowl being on Sunday is that our day can begin in the company of friends and family in the house of God. As I was thinking of friendship this morning and thanking God for the many ways friends have blessed my life over these many decades, I thought of the devoted friendship of Jonathon and David. You can read about then in 1 Samuel, but here is one verse that reveals their enduring friendship. 1Samuel 20:42 “Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’”
Whether you have a party to attend or not, there is one party to avoid. Pity parties! The trouble with them is nobody wants to go, and we’re stuck there lonely and prone to creepy anxiety all over again. Escape Anxiety – Find a friend. Call. Visit. Skype. Enjoy relationship.
Escaping Anxiety Tools for a Peaceful Life
- Focus on Philippians 4:8-9 – think on things that bring peace
- Protect your first part of the day; protect your last part of the day
- Learn from the past
- Experience Today
- Let it Fail
- Our Own Super Bowl