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Has the excitement worn off?

This post originally appeared on Swayze is kicker/punter for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL), who start their regular season tonight.

not normalAbout a week after I reported for training camp in Toronto this past season, I got all dressed up and went downtown for a big ceremony to celebrate our previous season.

All of my teammates, coaches, front office staff and management were decked out in the finest of suites. The venue was elegant and decorated in double blue. A photographer was on hand to catch all of the action. This was the night we had all been waiting on. We had already won the 100th Grey Cup just six months previous but tonight was the night we got our rings.

We had a full course meal. Medium rare steaks. We were able to sit back and take a little break from the grueling hours of training camp that we were in the middle of that month. They brought the lights down and showed a video of one of our captains talking about the ring, how it was designed, what it symbolized, etc. Then they brought them out on trays. They set them on our tables in front of us with our names on the outside of the box.

I can still remember this perfectly. A room full of grown men looking around at each other with childlike grins wondering what would be in the box. What design did they go with? Yellow or white gold? No telling what all was running through the minds that were in that room. I was excited. Ecstatic. I was a champion and was about to have the ring to prove it.

They then counted down for us to see the rings… 3….2….1….. boxes sprung open all around the room and guys began laughing and talking. Everyone just sat there smiling and looking at the shiny gold and sparkling diamonds. All 139 of them … this was no ordinary ring. “This ring cost someone a lot of money,” I remember thinking to myself. I slipped the ring on my finger and began taking pictures of it … taking pictures with my teammates. I couldn’t wait to show everyone the pictures and tell them about it! As quick as I could I was posting, tweeting, emailing and texting. Even facetiming (I don’t think thats a word)! I was excited! This was no ordinary day … and this was certainly no ordinary ring. I had to tell people!

Fast forward to today … I brought this same ring with me to a school the other morning where I was speaking at an FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) huddle. I have done this numerous times since the night I received it. I have brought it to signings, churches, school, etc. Hundreds of people, both young and old have posed for pictures with it and tried it on, most of whom don’t even know about the CFL or the Argonauts. But it’s BIG, its SHINY and it symbolizes victory. People love it!

Over the last year, the excitement has worn off for me. I’ve seen it so many times and taken so many pictures with it that it has become normal. When I take it out of its box to show others I don’t get as excited as I did that night in Toronto last year. This ring that I was so happy and eager to show the world just a year ago has become normal to me now. I’ve gotten used to it. (I’m ready to win another one!)

Has your excitement worn off ?

I told some kids about this the other morning … if we are not careful, this is exactly what we will do with the gospel. We will take the son of God, who is far more valuable and beautiful than any ring man could make, and somehow in our twisted way of thinking and being we will make him ‘normal.’ We will hear the gospel and not respond. We will feel called to action and reason why we shouldn’t follow through. We will hear the Easter story about Jesus Christ stepping in and giving his life for ours, covering our sins with his perfect blood — reconciling us with our Holy God — then rising from the dead and defeating sin and death. We will hear all of this and not get excited.

How is that possible?

How can we hear this story and not get excited? How can we see God’s perfect love for us on the cross and not tell people? This is not just a normal story. This is not just a normal man. Lets get excited (every day). Lets tell people (all people)!

This is way better than a ring!

SwyzeWatersSwayze Waters is a Christian, family man, and athlete, in that order. He and Kendal have been married since 2011, and he’s been playing pro football since 2009. Swayze is beginning his third year as a kicker/punter with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, the 2012 Grey Cup champions.

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