As I was driving home from work today, I caught a glimpse of something that brought sweet tears to my eyes.

Tonight is the first home game of the East Carter High School football team. Two of the players were leaving the sporting goods store on Main Street with their jerseys on and their brand new helmets in their hands.
As I drove passed, I noticed that the helmets were still wrapped in plastic and both boys were eagerly slipping off the plastic that surrounded them.
I glanced in my rear view mirror as I went on by and one of the boys already had his helmet on and was looking at his reflection in a car window!!
Tears filled my eyes as I thought of how exciting this moment was for both of these boys!

They were officially part of the team as they slipped on the East Carter High School football helmets.
When I think of my relationship with God, I want to remember this moment today.
I want to remember how honored, eager, and happy these boys were to join their team by symbolically placing helmets on their heads.
Do I wear the helmet of salvation with such eagerness?

I want to!
But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:7-9