Put Your Helmet On

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Put Your Helmet On

My favorite sports story of the year happened last week. It didn’t get a lot of attention so you probably didn’t hear about it. Here’s the description laid out in the Washington Post:

On Thursday night in the middle of a National Hockey League game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets, an unfamiliar figure in a No. 90 Blackhawks jersey stepped onto the ice at the United Center.

“Hey who’s this guy?” an announcer joked.

That guy was Scott Foster, the team’s emergency goalie, a 36-year-old accountant who hadn’t played in a high stakes hockey game in more than 10 years. He played hockey for Western Michigan University from 2002 to 2005 and plays in an amateur league… before being called into the game he was sitting in the press box and taking advantage of the free food… His venue most of the time is not the Blackhawks’ United Center, with a capacity of 23,000, but Johnny’s Ice House in Chicago’s Rec league.

“Among hockey’s great quirks,” as Hockey News explained, “is that it’s the only pro sport with the potential for someone not on the roster to come out of the stands and actually play in the game.” But, “it takes a very rare set of circumstances to open that door.”

When asked if he received any advice before his big moment, Foster said, “I don’t think I heard anything other than ‘Put your helmet on’.”

Foster went on to stop every shot on goal, lead his team to win the game 6-2, and the 36-year-old accountant went onto receive the player of the game award. What a fun story!

Scott Foster’s story has reminded me that we must always be ready. You might not be an amateur hockey player waiting to be called up to the Big Leagues, but followers of Jesus are encouraged to always be prepared.

In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…1 Peter 3:15

What are you doing to prepare? Do you know how you would respond if someone asked you to give a reason for the hope you have?

It’s okay to enjoy the free food in the press box, but you just never know when you will be asked to “put your helmet on.”