worlds collide

Just when you think your life is a dichotomy…Just when you think that, on the one hand, you write about the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys for one of the Internet’s largest and most successful sport sites, and on the other, you write a sometimes spiritually-charged blog about life and love, God and the world, giving and getting…Just when you thought one had nothing to do with the other, you find out just how utterly wrong you were.

I woke this morning to a message from a fellow writer at I expected to find some seed of an argumentation over the Cowboys, the NFC East, or the NFL in general. Instead, I found a heartfelt message from a dad who could not sleep last night and turned on his TV. While surfing the channels, he came across the Joni and Friends program on TBN, which was running the episode featuring my daughter Holly.

This fellow writer/Dad/Christian, sleepless on a Saturday night, sent me a message about the experience this morning. I will not share all of the content of his message, but here is the heart of it:

I, like you, am the son of a minister. This puts a lot of pressure on a young man, I think, and I’ve always tried to do the best I can.

My wife’s brother has a son, my nephew, who was born with Spina Bifida. Holly has impacted the lives of so many people. My nephew has done well too.

I’m not sure what the whole purpose of this message is, other than to let you know how blessed I was to see the profile of your daughter on TV.

And so, just like that, my worlds collide. Someone got peanut butter in my chocolate. On a day when I am filled with worry about how the Cowboys will handle a surging Eagles’ team, on a day when I am all set to write an NFL article that tries to predict which will be the Team of the Teens in the NFL, I am reminded that, in the grand scheme of things, the scheme is grander than we realize.

And what’s wrong with that?

Thank you, Lord.

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By Gene

I am a lover, a fighter, and a midnight writer. I love football, hamburgers, and philosophical inquiries. I love Jesus more than any of that. I love my wife, my daughters, my grandson, and my English Setters, Huck and Finn. I also love Huck Finn...and other seminal characters in American literature. Like Gus McCrae. I love the English language. I love to dive into the wonders of its depth and splash around in the shallow end where colloquialisms and slang rule and reign.
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