The college football season has reached it's mid-way point and schools are getting desperate to position themselves for a chance to play in the post-season bowl games. Getting a bowl bid is pretty much in the hands of the teams themselves: win enough games, and you'll get an invitation to one of the bowls out there (there are currently 35 of them!). But if you want to play for the NCAA Championship, you also need to have the computer stats on your side.
The Bowl Champion Series (BCS) was established in 1998 and has used a complicated computer program to assign points to determine the rank of teams with the top teams at the end of the season playing for the championship. Despite the attempt to make this process completely objective, there are those who will never be satisfied until the NCAA establishes some sort of playoff system so that the top teams will actually play each other to determine the ultimate champion.
Okay, I've probably bored many of you with this jibber-jabber... but I have a reason for bringing it up (other than looking for an excuse to post a picture of my nephew, Isaac Dotson, who is playing for the WSU Cougars - watch for him on special teams and subbing in on defense against Cal on Saturday).
Deciding on what is number one in our lives is not in the hands of a computer program. It's demonstrated by our thoughts and actions and the ranking can change from moment to moment. I'm in constant need to assessing my attitudes and actions: where am I placing my priorities? Where am I finding security? Who is getting my highest attention and loyalty?
Join us this Sunday, October 6th, as we take a look at an encounter between Jesus and Peter and some key questions we should ask ourselves in order to rank our own priorities. You can get a head start by reading John 21. We will be celebrating the Lord's Supper this week. I hope to see you.
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