It seems as though the whole state was focused on the events at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30th. From watching ESPN, maybe the scope of those interested in the Iron Bowl exceeded the boundaries of our state lines. People across the SEC as well as those who follow BCS standings and other teams were all watching to see if The University of Alabama was going to do what no other college has ever done - win a back to back to back National Championship.
No need to rehash the entire game, for those who attended the game, or watched it from their homes, or the numerous times its been repeated and replayed on every news channel across America... we all witnessed what happened with one second left on the clock. Auburn returned a short field goal attempt for a 109 yard touchdown run - and won the game. In one second, Alabama went from the #1 spot on the BCS poll, being a SEC champion and possibly National contender to now being ranked #4 in the nation. A lot can happen in one second can't it?
This past Sunday, a woman brought her nephew to attend worship at Trinity UMC. Our children's director, Theresa, saw Wiley sitting with his aunt and went to speak to him before the start of church, inviting him to come and join the other children on the front row. After the children's sermon, the children exited the building for Children's Church in our family life center. At the conclusion of the worship service, the children are escorted back in to receive communion. Theresa was attentive to Wiley, making sure he knew what to do and when to kneel to receive the elements. Wiley went back to sit with his aunt.
As the congregation was exiting the service, I told Wiley's aunt I hope she enjoyed the service. Then bending down, I told Wiley, "I hope you enjoyed being here with us too!" As I stood up, Wiley's aunt looked me in the eye and said, "I asked him how he liked the service. Wiley said, 'It changed my life.'" Wiley is eight-years old.
Wiley might have missed his life changing experience if Theresa had not stopped what she was doing and walked over to speak to our guest. It made me think of the number of seconds that I hurry through in order to get to the task which I think may be the most important. Or how about the number of seconds I simply waste? Everything I do isn't eternally important. This week when you are planning and preparing for Christmas, ask yourself, "Is what I am doing something that could change someone's life?" If you are like me, feeding the dog, carrying out the trash, and raking leaves isn't going to change someone's life. But... it reminds me that I need to be intentional and relational in order to encounter people with life changing conversations as well as moments.
Make every second count. Sometimes, you might be surprised with what all you can do in that brief span of time.