Ignite A Spark - Trey Burton

I’m not a big believer in worrying about things that are outside of my control. I’ve always said I will control what I can control and everything related to the scheduling and planning of this next season is not in my control. I try to be where my feet are in the moment. That’s how I want to go into this season. 

In the wake of the coronavirus, we may or may not be playing games with fans at the beginning of the season, or throughout the entire season for that matter. But I’m not going to waste time thinking about that or other details that may be different this year. What if we don’t even have a season? I will have wasted my time and energy on what will never be. So for today, I’m doing my best to learn a new playbook and focus on where I am right now. 

All we can do is take it one day at a time. That’s all anyone can do. We don’t know what next week is going to look like let alone next fall. But for me, having a routine and being intentional with my walk with God is a lot harder when I don’t have a schedule. One day one of my kids will wake up early while the other two sleep in late; the next day a different kid will wake up early and the others will sleep in. There’s no predicting when I’ll have time to myself. The offseason is always hard for me in this area, but now that we’re trying to keep our kids constantly entertained at home, it seems like we’re juggling even more. 

Not being able to go to church has also been difficult for me. I didn’t realize how much of an impact going to church, being taught God’s Word in person and being in community with other Christ-followers really affects me. Being at home on Easter and watching church online was weird. I’d much rather be with the body of Christ. It’s in times like these that we see the importance of having Godly pillars in your life.

It’s easy to thrive when you have positive momentum and people to thrive alongside. When you are forced to be in solitude and things in life seem stagnant, it’s tough to strap on your bootstraps and do it yourself. We often look to others in our lives (teachers, pastors or friends) to ignite a spark in our spiritual lives, but what if we just looked to God? I think the last few months at home have caused a lot of parents and families to really appreciate teachers and schools more. I hope it has brought people to appreciate pastors and churches, and what God is doing through them, more as well. I see the Church rising to the occasion, and hopefully growing as a result of this.

Ultimately, our spiritual growth, whether we are quarantined or not, is up to us. We have to create the momentum in our lives and keep it fresh. We need to seek after God and let Him work in and through us. God can and will shine through us, but we have to ignite the spark. 

— Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts tight end

Trey Burton is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Trey’s Increase profile here.

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