Musing on Moss returning to Minnesota: The Joy of the Return


For readers of the blog it should be no secret that this writer is a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. Yesterday was a day that had most Vikings fans feeling good.  It is the day that Randy Moss came home.  Sure, Randy Moss can and will display a selfish attitude.  Yet, when he is motivated he is a wide receiver like no other.  Yesterday’s trade is one that brought feelings of happiness and hope.  The season looked to be headed in the direction of failed expectations, to one of excitement and a desire to see how things play out. The trade was one that uplifted the fan base.

In thinking about the Randy Moss homecoming, thoughts go to how God reacts when we come home.  Each of us at one point or another go our own selfish ways. We leave God’s path and go our own way.  Yet, God always provides a way of return.  When anyone who has been away from God returns, it is a time of great joy and elation.  This is true for all. Each step of return and repentance brings elation and joy.  And unlike the return of Randy Moss, the end result is no.  When anyone returns to God, the victory is already assured.

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3 Responses

  1. Hmmm… Well I agree about the God stuff! 🙂 However, even in our returning there is humbleness and repentance. When the son came home, his attitude was much different than when he left. The Father’s love and acceptance was unconditional and always will be. However, if we stop there and expect nothing from ourselves, no transformation, it will happen again and again, and unfortunately risk the loss of relationship because of pride and selfishness. I do not disagree that Randy Moss will help the Vikings as a deep threat wide receiver. But character far outweighs talent. The coach was bold to use Scripture knowingly or unknowingly in defense of Randy to those who would judge Randy by throwing the first stone. We can judge (not pass judgment but certainly inspect the fruit)actions and still not be a hater. But in our society we are not even allowed to judge actions nor take the speck out of our brother’s eye, because we are all sinners. Well, the Bible says remove the log in your own and then go and remove the speck in your brothers. When does that happen? Never. I personally enjoy the sport of football. But I am not happy about Randy’s return without humbleness and team attitude. He still thinks life revolves around him, which is why he returns. He wasn’t getting the action he thinks he deserves. But Minnesota will give it to him. Sad but interesting! I feel we are just being a co-dependent to a very unhealthy person, getting what we need from him, using him for our purposes, but not caring in the least about him as a person, and apparently we don’t care about his eternity either.

  2. Well said Julie. Randy’s return is by no means a sign of any true repetance. The response to the return is one aspect, now much greater joy then someone who you believe will help achieve a goal, but rather to truly return to the right way with humbleness and true turning. Randy is not different than he was, so while there is a short term uplifting, it can only be temporary and the picture is not clear. My reaction was to the emotive resposne to the return.

  3. Also clearly if put more time and thought could have examined other facets, the emotive response was primary on mind, and there will be other more detailed posts on repentance and other aspects.

    On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 10:36 AM, Timothy Blake wrote:

    > Well said Julie. Randy’s return is by no means a sign of any true > repetance. The response to the return is one aspect, now much greater joy > then someone who you believe will help achieve a goal, but rather to truly > return to the right way with humbleness and true turning. Randy is not > different than he was, so while there is a short term uplifting, it can only > be temporary and the picture is not clear. My reaction was to the emotive > resposne to the return. >

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