The New England Patriots won their football game on Sunday but you would never know it by watching the local news. You see, it wasn’t a pretty win. Local sports broadcasters have been running the lowlights of the game instead of the highlights. Not only do New Englanders want their team to win, they want it to be a pretty game of well executed passing, blocking and running with no dropped passes or fumbles.
Alas, this is just like people I have known along life’s way. Even though they have been blessed with health they find something to complain about. In 1995 they had a hangnail and they will never forget it. Their children were on the honor roll but didn’t get all A’s. They have incredible memories and can recite in detail imagined slights and raises they should have gotten but didn’t. It is one lowlight after another. I have seen marriages break up because one partner was a lowlighter. I actually saw one marriage survive because they were both lowlighters and thus were perfectly matched.
One day someone after church told me he could hardly wait to get to heaven because he wanted to see the video tape of the crucifixion of Jesus. Really? Talk about a lowlight. That was the lowlight of all time. I would much rather see the highlight that took place on Sunday morning. I want to see the highlights of Jesus healing lepers and restoring sight to the blind. I want to see the highlights of parents receiving resurrected babies into their arms and resurrected marriage partners looking even better than they did on their wedding days. See I Corinthians 15.
Highlighters are so much more pleasant to be around than lowlighters.
Written by Roger Bothwell on Sept. 23, 2014
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