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Biggest Fan

Written by Alex Randazzo

[God is] the Father from whom all fatherhood derives its name. (Ephesians 3:15)

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God!

(1 John 3:1)

Growing up playing hockey, a boys biggest fan is typically their father. Personally, as a young man trying to find a career in hockey, I often find myself seeking the approval of my earthly father when it comes to hockey. After games, first call is to my "Pops," and we then spend the next few minutes talking about the game and breaking down what I did right and wrong. Not only are these post game exchanges encouraging and extremely beneficial for me when it comes to hockey, they are also great for my relationship with my dad. For me, this above scenario is such a positive example of our Heavenly Father.

Our earthly dads (or mothers) are usually our biggest fan when it comes to hockey; yet, as we go through life we begin to take for granted our biggest fan, and seek to gain the attention of "other fans". What do I mean by this? Well, as we get older, our priorities change. Our mentality realizes that since we have our fathers' love and attention, we should go get more attention from others.
I am no longer as excited about my dad as a fan; now I'm now playing for the coach, or the boys, my brothers on the team. I might think they are my biggest fans. Then when I meet a lovely young lady, I might think she is my biggest fan.

All this time though, my father was still my biggest fan when it comes to hockey.

When it comes to life, our heavenly father is our biggest fan. As we go throughout life, the Lord Our God stays our biggest fan. He's there for us even when we turn our backs on Him. One might attempt to pursue money as their biggest fan, but the Lord remains. One might turn to drugs or alcohol, yet the Lord is always there.

One example of this is the story of the prodigal son. I am sure you are familiar with the story. The son took his inheritance, and basically spat on his father's legacy as he turned to everything he could to fulfill his earthly desires. Yet his father remained his biggest fan, and when the son returned, the father threw him a huge party.

Never lose sight of who your biggest fan is and don't get distracted chasing other things. Your Heavenly Father is always there for us regardless if we stray. That's what a true fan is like. Money isn't like that, neither is fame, or people.

Discussion Questions

  1. Who is your biggest fan? (Wife, Husband, Father, Mother, Son, Daughter). Call them and thank them for always being your biggest fan.
  2. What are you putting in front of God in terms of your biggest fan? (Money, work, sports)

Additional Reading

  1. Isaiah 64:8
  2. Matthew 6:8
  3. Matthew 6:4
  4. Matthew 6:26

About the Author

Alex Randazzo plays Junior A hockey for the Idaho Jr. Steelheads in the Western States Hockey League.  He has been involved in FCA Hockey since his father launched the ministry in 2008 and has most recently worked as the summer media intern.  Besides hockey, Alex enjoys acting and directing, and has completed his first motion picture (Raising Dragons).  Alex will be graduating this spring from Liberty with both his High School degree and his 2 year associates degree.


1 comment (Add your own)

1. Lora St.Michell wrote:
This devotional is so encouraging. It's true that our eyes easily stray to desire acceptance from man instead of God. Nothing like the blessing of an amazing earthly father to remind us of our Heavenly Father's love. Thanks, Alex!

Tue, February 23, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

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