Ronnie Lott is a name quite familiar to old school football fans. Lott, a Hall-of-Fame safety, played for the San Francisco 49ers during the team’s dynasty years of the 1980s. If you never saw Lott play, let me assure you, he was one incredibly tough football player. Lott played clean but hard. Ball carriers and receivers feared him. Lott tackled with bone-rattling, vision-blurring hits. I’m pretty sure that even Chuck Norris was scared of Ronnie Lott. Epitomizing his toughness was a decision Lott made during the 1985 season. In order to continue playing while nursing a finger injury, Lott simply commanded the doctors to amputate one of his finger tips. You heard me right, Lott chose to have a finger tip amputated. He loved football so much, that he was willing to sacrifice body parts to keep playing.
Ronnie Lott shed blood for love of a game. Others have shed blood for love of a man. That man is Jesus Christ.
Today is the feast of the Korean Martyrs, Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and their companions. Between the years 1839 – 1867, some 103 Korean Christians shed their blood in witness to their love of Christ. Bishops and priests were among those martyred, but most were men and women of the laity. The young were not exempt. No doubt these young martyrs had a zeal for life, no doubt these young martyrs feared torture and imprisonment. But because they loved Jesus so much, they were willing to suffer and die for him. And many did.
Who or what is the great love in your life? If we are honest, we might have to say that the love of our life is currently sports or music or theater. Maybe it’s that cute girl or boy in English class. Are we prepared to give it all for that activity or thing or person? It’s a tough, but important question.
Ronnie Lot was willing to sacrifice a finger tip for football. The Korean martyrs were willing to sacrifice their very life for Christ. Jesus himself gave it all for you and me. What are we willing to give for Jesus?
Be assured of my prayers,