I have been a fan of the greatest North London team since my older brother informed me at primary school that ‘they are our team’.
I'm talking about Arsenal.
As a child, I wanted to wear the kit, had posters all round my room of the players and loved anything with their badge attached. Pencil case, rubber and ruler all became more valuable if painted red and white.
I have been faithful to the Gunners throughout the years...
- Drinking tea out of an Arsenal mug as a student
- Wearing the scarf on playground duty when a primary school teacher
- Instructing my kids ‘they are our team’
- Even preaching about the club at church - they are the only team mentioned in the Bible (Jeremiah 50:25)
Despite all this I still struggle this season…
I thought after the FA Cup final last year, and the sudden drop of form of Manchester United and Chelsea, that this would be our year!
Yet here I am at the beginning of May, still hopeful that we can make fourth place in the Premier League to scrape into European football again next season.
This faithfulness to Arsenal costs me - in time, emotion and money.
What are you faithful to, and what is it costing you?
I encouraged us in a sermon recently that Christians should pray, serve and give. So let me make that challenge again.
Will you pray?
Will you serve?
Will you give?