Football & Moses have a lot in Common

Football & Moses have a lot in Common

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Football season has kicked off and every week millions of people cheer on their favorite team.  Now, every time I watch a football game, I can’t help but think how much football & Moses have in common.  Yes, Moses…the one in the Bible!  I know, you probably think I’m crazy.  Don’t worry.  My husband gave me an eye roll the moment I said that too, but it’s true.  Let me share with you what all football and Moses have in common.

What do Football & Moses have in common?

We will go from the most obvious to the least obvious.

1 – The Crowd of People

Although some faithfully stand by their team or Moses, the majority are more fair weather fans.  In Moses’ case, when the Israelites were making their way out of Egypt, they were super excited until they dead-ended into the Red Sea and claimed God brought them out into the dessert to die.  There were plenty of times that a massive wave of grumblings could be heard from the crowd.  Oh, and when garlic and onions weren’t available, shoot, all bets were off and Egyptian slavery never sounded so good.

Why did we pick this guy for a coach again? Why are we following this guy in the desert?  Crowds seem to focus on the perceived failure rather than the winning streak.  Yep, faithful crowds are hard to find as evidenced by tickets sales for a losing team.

2 – Sponsored Drinks

Football has Gatorade © while God’s people had the first water fountains powered by God. How cool must that have been?

What?  There is no water here? The people are complaining of thirst?  Ok, Moses, go over there and hit the rock and let the water come forth.  Oh, they are thirsty again? Just talk to the rock this time.  No matter that Moses was leading the Israelites through the desert, God made sure that they stayed hydrated and nourished for 40 years.

3 – The Quarterback

In this analogy, Moses holds the quarterback position.  Both Moses and the quarterback are given the plays, make the calls and then lead the team to victory. Sure in a football game it only takes on average 3 hours and 12 minutes times 16 games during a season, and Moses had to lead for 40 years without stopping, so Moses definitely gets the hall of fame record for longevity over the typical quarterback but you get the idea.  They both make the calls that will run the team to victory.

4 – The Playbook

Yes, Moses sure did have a playbook – The 10 Commandments.  It was by these 10 main plays that every decision in regards to guiding and making decisions could be made.  Yes, God went more into detail on many things from how to be ceremonially clean to even who to conquer but these 10 commandments were special and taught the people the basics of how to love God and love each other.

5 – The Head Coach

Well, it’s not to difficult to figure out who the head coach is in this Biblical analogy – God, right!?!  The cool thing about God being the headcoach is that he was literally with his team night and day.  Leading them by a pillar of fire at night and a cloud by day.  They did not have to wonder which direction he was going, they could just look up and know whether or not they needed to continue on for the day or camp out and rest for a bit.  He provided physical guidance and sustenance as well as spiritual encouragement.

6 – The Footwear

You’ve gotta admit that football players grind the field with some pretty fancy footwear.  Moses and the Isrealites did too.  Unlike the seasonal shoes football players wear, God’s chosen people had footwear that lasted 40 years! They NEVER wore out, or gave them blisters!

7 – Penalty Flags

Emotions run high both in football and in wandering the dessert for 40 years.  When emotions run high, sometimes self-control is lost and penalty flags get thrown.

We know some of the Israelites received penalty flags when they decided to bow down to a golden calf. They had to drink the melted gold, 3000 people died by the sword and then they were hit with a plague. Then another group tried to usurp Moses’ God-given authority and were swallowed up by the ground, but they weren’t alone.

Moses also received some penalty flags of his own.  When he let his anger over the people’s unfaithfulness get out of control, he smashed the 10 commandments that were written by the hand of God. His penalty flag was having to chisel out the second set of tablets.

Another penalty flag was thrown when Moses decided to hit the rock to get drinkable water instead of talking to it like God commanded.  The lack of trust caused him to be ejected from the final quarter of the game – entering the Promised Land. By God’s grace and mercy he was able to see the Promised Land, but never got to enjoy it.

8 – Football Goal

Every time I see a football goal, I am reminded of how Moses had to hold up the staff in his hand. Whenever Joshua and the Israelites were fighting the Amalekits, as long as his arms were up, the Israelites were winning. Just like in football, Moses could never have kept his arms up alone.  Aaron and Hur, his teammates, stepped up and aided Moses when he struggled to lift his arms.  They gave him support and kept them up until the battle was one.

9 – The Hall of Fame

Every football player longs to see their name placed in the hall of fame.  In order to get there, they sacrifice, they work harder and push themselves more than what is comfortable.

Followers of Christ long for the same thing.  We long for our names to be in the heavenly hall of fame and we work much the same way.  We don’t let the sneers of the world get us down, when we are listening to God’s calling in our lives.  We focus on Christ and his promises instead of the temptations to be lazy and just go with the flow.  Moses is definitely a hall of famer and gives us hope in how to trust God with all we have!

Moses’ name is cited both in the heavenly hall of fame and the Hebrews’ Hall of Faith (Fame).

“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they drowned.” – Hebrews 11:24-29

The next time you see a football field or are cheering on your favorite team, remember to cheer on yourself and your fellow brothers & sisters in Christ on this faith journey.  Use Moses as your inspiration to keep going, pushing yourself to be what God is calling you to be, and extending yourself out of that comfort zone so that instead of just cheering from the stands, you’ll be scoring the winning play.  For it is not those who start the game strong, but those who finish strong that will have their names in the heavenly hall of fame.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – Paul (2 Timothy 4:7)


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He was “very meek, more than all the people on the earth.” (Numbers 12:3) He spoke with God “face to face, clearly and not in riddles” and he saw the “form of the Lord.” (Numbers 12:7-8) And Moses was “mighty in his words and deeds.” (Acts 7:22) He climbed to the top of a thundering mountain to receive stone that God himself had written on.

And yet, he started off as a baby. Probably one that cried. And made dirty diapers. And drooled. What an incredible thing it must have been to be Jochebed. Because, after all, who takes care of babies? Their families–especially mothers.

Whose is the first voice to sing a song about Jehovah to a child wrapped and formed in the womb? Who is the first to point out the blue skies and the birds that sing? Whose voice is the first to speak sweetly and softly? Who is the first to teach the gentle, incredible, yet all encompassing and demanding love of Christ?


Sometimes we have this mistaken idea that caring for babies is sub-par. That it is not a worthwhile endeavor or at least one that is beneath a driven or talented parent. Society tells us that choosing to make raising children our primary focus is a waste of time.

And yet, I ask you…

Growing up in Pharaoh’s palace, as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, who taught Moses about the one true God? How did he learn about the God with true power?

Whose hands held him and quieted him for three months, hiding him from angry Egyptians? Whose deft fingers coated a basket with pitch to make it buoyant enough to float down a river in faith? Who spoke up bravely to royalty? Who brought home a newly royal baby and nursed him?

As a mother (or father or sibling–the list goes on) who cares for a little one, you may not have encouragement or reward. You may not earn fame or a promotion. Your salary may not have a cost of living raise.

But don’t think for a second that your time is wasted. You have the most important role that God could place in your hands–that of teaching another about the love of Christ. And there is nothing more eternally important than that.

Sight & Sound Theatres’ Giveaway {Christ in Christmas Shopping Guide}

Sight & Sound Theatres’ Giveaway {Christ in Christmas Shopping Guide}

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post for Sight & Sound Theatres.  All opinions stated are 100% our own and we highly recommend Sight & Sound Theatres to all our friends and family.

Have you ever had a present you just couldn’t wait to open because you knew it was going to be amazing?  Then with every sighting of that present, you get a little more excited until you are about to explode with excitement upon opening it!  This is how I felt sitting with my family in the Sight & Sound Theatres in Branson, MO in the Spring of 2014 waiting for the show to begin.

We had heard amazing things about the productions that came to the Sight & Sound Theatres.  Everyone one said if there is just one show you see, make sure it’s at that theater.  So when we made our plans, we made sure to purchase tickets to see Jonah.

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We arrived at this beautiful theater ahead of the curtain call to take “The Behind the Scenes” tour, which only increased our excitement levels even more.  We saw the animals that are an integral part of each production and learned a little of how they train them to be used in the production.  We were able to see the massive sets that were used in the production of Joseph.  We even got to try on some clothes from the wardrobe.  It was such a great learning experience to better understand how these wonderful productions come together.

Jonah Spring 2014

Our families’ first experience at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Branson.

Then we experienced the story of Jonah come alive not only on the stage but throughout the entire auditorium!  My kids ages 6, 4, & 2 sat through the entire performance in awe of everything happening around them. They still talk about this production and ask when we will get to go back. This is truly an experience everyone in your family will enjoy!

McKenzie experienced a show at Sight & Sound a few weeks ago.  Before she had never heard of Sight & Sound, so she didn’t know what to expect, but now having experienced it this is what she had to say:

My husband and I got to see the Jonah show at Sight & Sound Theatres recently and we were both in awe the entire time.  We weren’t familiar with any show in Branson, much less one with a spiritual plot line, but when Kristi recommended that we see it, we were excited to experience something new!

Once we got to Branson, and drove around, we understood that the Sight & Sound Theatre is not like all the other theaters there.  It’s HUGE.  This size enables them to make such a beautiful impact with their show.  The sets come and go off the stage with fluidity.  The REAL animals on stage, I mean come on!  It was so amazing.  The text to stage interpretation of the story was beautifully done and we left the show beyond impressed.

I have seen many stage productions in many cities, in many venues and this honestly was like nothing I had seen before.  As we ate dinner, we talked about our favorite parts.  We discussed even the familiar story in a new way, seeing it played out the way they did.  Sight & Sound Theaters has left a lasting impression!  I can’t wait for the opportunity to go again!

2016 brings new productions to the Branson & Lancaster County Sight & Sound Theatres!

From March – December 2016 – Moses will be captivating audiences in Branson, MO.

Their creative abilities are astounding. I get excited imagining how they will express the plagues,  the parting of the sea, and even Moses’ time away from Egypt!  Anticipation is growing again!


From March – December 2016 – Samson will be debuting in Lancaster County, PA.

This story has always been one of my favorites and so this has trickled down to our kids. Our kids are constantly asking to watch the Samson teaser and the Samson Announcement Event videos.  Needless to say, we are excited to see this production too!


So in a couple of words, the best way I can describe Sight & Sound Theatres’ productions, without you seeing it, is Epic!

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