It’s that time of year again, when football fans turn their eyes toward Canton, Ohio. Time for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class to be enshrined. And it’s not just a one-day ceremony to honor those whose achievements on the field have earned this cherished honor, but a festival of activity including road races, hot air balloons, a beauty pageant, concerts, parades, and a football game.

I visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum years ago and was impressed by the history depicted there. Imagine walls of pictures of players wearing leather helmets. Jerseys, helmets, and other memorabilia. Busts of enshrined players … in gold (color, at least). All in honor of a job well done.

Impressive, even to this casual football fan. (I’m married to and mother of the fanatic types!)

But, the whole subject of the Hall of Fame made me remember another such listing. This one found in the Bible in the Book of Hebrews, chapter 11. A list of those honored for their faith. Abel. Enoch. Noah. Characters from the beginning of time, reviewing the history of mankind in the process. Abraham. Joseph. Moses. David. And the list goes on to include even un-named heroes of faith described only by the obstacles they faced.

All honored for their faithfulness to God.

(Update in 2011: This lesson still applies! For more lessons about faith and football, see Pigskin Parables: Reflections of a Football Widow and Pigskin Parables: Devotions from the Game of Football.)

What about you? Which Hall of Fame would you prefer to be in? Why?

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