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Bette Grande: Winning the game is important, but the real win is Jesus Christ

Article by Bette Grande

*This article first appeared in The Fargo Forum on Sunday, Feb. 11th

It has been a week since the Super Bowl and the game has been covered from every angle possible. The lasting storyline is not the game itself, it is the honest and open profession of faith.

We are bombarded with bad news day after day and that can be depressing. But Nick Foles, Carson Wentz and a growing number of high profile individuals are leading by example.

I must admit that I am not much of a football fan anymore. In my first career I was an athletic trainer covering teams in North Dakota and later with the Minneapolis inner-city high schools. I followed my players from the line of scrimmage and watched the coaches and players interact. As my own children got older and more active I gave up on professional football. I was drawn back to the game by what I was hearing and seeing from Case Keenum, Nick Foles and others. Like Carson Wentz there is a growing group of football players open with their faith in God the Father and Jesus Christ. First, to be clear, Jesus was not pulling for Philadelphia and the Father does not care about a football game. They are interested in souls and the clear, simple and powerful statements of faith from the coaches and players following the Super Bowl is spreading the word. On the culture of this Eagles team, Coach Pederson said “I’ll tell you, it’s all about faith, it’s all about our family, and then it’s all about the Philadelphia Eagles, and it’s in that order. We have a great group of guys, resilient group, and that’s what keeps me grounded. My faith keeps me grounded every single day. I just come to work, I’m the same person, and I don’t ever want to change. I love this environment, however, and hopefully we can win a couple more of these.” By now you probably know that Nick Foles’ professional football career did not go as he planned. He nearly retired in 2016 and has not had much playing time in the past two years. So how did he feel as a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl?

“It doesn’t get any bigger than this, but I felt good, I felt calm” Foles said. Calm? Then there is Carson Wentz. We have watched Carson over the years, and we know he is a fierce competitor. Yet here he was, his team playing in the Super Bowl and he could not play. It had to be difficult personally. No one knows what the future holds, and Carson does not know if he will ever play in the Super Bowl. How did he react? With calmness, poise and leadership.

The challenges faced by a professional athlete are often different than those faced by the rest of us. But, watching Foles, Wentz and others live out their faith and demonstrate the peace and understanding that comes through faith in Jesus is a powerful message to many in our world today. Winning the game is important, but the real win is Jesus Christ.

*This article first appeared in The Fargo Forum on Sunday, Feb. 11th

Bette Grande represented the 41st District in the N.D. Legislature from 1996 to 2014. She is a wife, mom, grandma, research fellow with the Heartland Institute, lover of life and Jesus

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com

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