28 January 2014

Dear Tom Brady

Next week, the Super Bowl, the grand championship of American football will be played. Tom Brady, the quarterback of my favorite team, will not be playing. His team was eliminated in the semi-final game (AFC Championship, for those who understand American football). 

Brady has not been without success, however. He is one of the best to ever play the game and will be enshrined in the Football Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible. So why does he have unfulfilled, though unspecified, desires?

Just a few years ago another Tom, Tom Ascol wrote an open letter to Brady about this. In part, he stated

Tom, I appreciate your honesty in admitting on national TV that Super Bowl championships and Pro Bowl appearances do not ultimately satisfy what you long for from somewhere deep inside. What you feel is not unique. And your questions really do have answers. Others have asked them throughout history. Many have found the answer in what God has revealed in the Bible. 
Augustine, an African Christian leader from the 5th century is an example. During his years of pursuing sensual pleasure and knowledge, he experienced that longing for something more that you described. Later, as he reflected on it, he expressed it like this in a prayer, “Lord, you made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
I can certainly relate to Brady's situation. I've been there (not with all the football glory, though!!). But that is a story for another day. In the meantime, I encourage you to read the rest of this article, which can be found here.

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