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Joe Namath’s Feet

Published on January 26, 2017 | By

Growing up as a sports fan, and as someone who paid close attention to broadcasters, I am disappointed that so many legendary voices have stepped away from their roles in recent months.

Verne Lundquist, Dick Enberg, Vin Scully, and Chris Berman are all broadcasting legends who have decided to move on, but will be remembered for their great contributions to the sports world.

Brent Musburger will also be added to that list when Kentucky takes on Georgia in college basketball, and he calls his final game. His remarkable career has spanned four decades and included play-by-play duties for the NFL, NBA, tennis, college basketball, college football, MLB, Little League World Series, and as a studio host for The Masters, NASCAR, and the World Cup.

Before becoming a key face and voice on TV, Musburger worked in the newspaper and radio business. As a young media member, he covered Super Bowl III between the New York Jets and Baltimore Colts.

This was the big game where star quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed the Jets would beat the 18-point favored Colts, which they did by a score of 16-10. The picture you see above was where Joe casually predicted the Jets would pull off the upset - taken just days before the game.

On the left side of that picture is the young Brent Musburger sitting at Namath’s feet, listening to the quarterback, and soaking in this incredible opportunity to be poolside with the superstar before Super Bowl III. (It’s amazing how relaxed everyone appears!)

This famous picture and classic story reminds me of an important scene in the Bible. Luke 10:38-42 (NLT) tells us, "As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.

"Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, 'Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.'

"But the Lord said to her, 'My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.'”

Although we don’t have the opportunity to physically sit at the feet of Jesus until we are with Him in heaven, we still have the ability to enjoy His presence and spend time with Him now.

Unfortunately, we often get caught up in the worries and details of life, instead of being more like Mary who discovered what was most important. Today, let’s sit at Jesus’ feet listening to what He wants to teach us, and hear what He’s specifically speaking to us. Let’s be more concerned with what truly matters...and soak in the incredible access we have to our Lord and Savior. I'm Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to save me. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to experience His presence in my life, and I pray I would choose rest in Him above the busyness and details of life. Help me not to get so concerned and worried about everything else that I miss out on the joy of sitting at Jesus' feet. I pray this in His name, Amen.

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