Saturday, May 26, 2018

#LFC v Real Madrid - Champions League Final 26th May 2018

When I was a kid people used to sing a song called "Football Crazy". I cannot remember who sang it or who made it famous but the words have stuck in my mind. 

Tonight, supporters of Liverpool Football Club, who are literally football crazy, are desperate for Liverpool to win the Champions League Title. As a result of their victory in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, Liverpool won the European Champion Clubs' Cup trophy outright, and were awarded a multiple winner badge. Liverpool's total of three UEFA Cup wins has been bettered only by Sevilla, who have won the competition five times. Real Madrid also have an incredible record as have many Spanish teams.
Spanish teams hold the record for the most wins in each of the three main UEFA club competitions: Real Madrid, with twelve European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles; Barcelona, with four Cup Winners' Cup titles; and Sevilla, with five UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League titles. 

Teams that have won the UEFA Champions League three times in a row, or five times overall, receive a multiple-winner badge. Six teams have earned this privilege: Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Milan, Liverpool and Barcelona.1

Fans love football and look forward, every week, to their team playing with energy and enthusiasm with the basic aim of winning the game. Winning in Europe is an additional bonus as is the increased income that comes with it.

Winning is a great incentive in life. This has always been the case. It seems to be a natural part of the human psyche. It's what gives some people the reason to get out of bed in the morning. For some people it drives them to do things to a very high standard. For others it seems to be their reason for living - to get ahead, to be better than others, to be successful.

In the Bible being successful is not condemned but a health warning is often given to make us aware of the potential dangers of this mindset. In the book of James we are warned about the rich and what they do to others. When Paul writes to a young man called Timothy he warns about people who make it their live's ambition to be rich. He comments that they often are "pierced through with many sorrows," 1 Timothy 6:10. The same verse teaches that the "love of money is the root of all evil". 

In light of these verses we would all need to be very careful about how we approach success and the accumulation of wealth. 

I close with the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Luke chapter 12 verse 15 it is recorded that he said "take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth". Again Matthew records the Lord Jesus as saying, in Matthew chapter 16 verses 25 and 26, "for whosoever will save his life shall lose it, and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. So what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give any exchange for his soul".

If you can't bring it upon yourself to listen to what I say please at least listen to the words of the Lord Jesus and respond accordingly. 

1 - sourced in Wikipedia

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