SOCCER, the universal sport; LOVE, the universal language
It was a sad day for the world of soccer. Edison Arantes do Nascimento was playing in the final game of his brilliant career. Over 80,000 people jammed Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and a worldwide television audience tuned in one last time to watch the brilliant magician of soccer, known simply as Pele.
Pelé, “The King of Football” (October 23, 1940-December 29, 2022)
Pele played one half for his current team, the New York Cosmos, and one half for Santos, his beloved Brazilian team. And the crowd was not disappointed, as Pele scored a terrific goal on a free kick. But more important than his final goal in his final match, were the words spoken by the King of Soccer. With the eyes of the world on him, Pele asked everyone to join him saying the word “LOVE” three times.
Like Pele, Sammy and his team believe in the power of love. And we know that we can make the world a better place to live by following Pele’s advice to love others.
Long before Pele and the watching world uttered that powerful word, Jesus spoke of LOVE. When asked by the religious leaders of his time “what is the greatest commandment,” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind…and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our theme verse at Surge Soccer comes from Isaiah 1:17 and tells us how to love others.
Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow!Isaiah 1:17
Whether you are religious or not, perhaps you are searching for love or purpose. In our travels, whether to packed national soccer stadiums, ravished communities by Aids, or impoverished urban slums we have discovered that people have the same basic questions about the meaning of life. Jesus, a simple carpenter, has the answer – LOVE. He demonstrated His love to us by sacrificing His life for US!
Do you want to experience this LOVE?
Do you want to know the MEANING OF LIFE?
Do you want to find YOUR PURPOSE?
It is the simplest and greatest message that is for all people, anywhere, any time and in any circumstance.
Still not sure?
In his international bestselling book “The Purpose Driven Life” Rick Warren reminds us of the study that Dr.Hugh Moorhead conducted. He once wrote to 250 of the best-known philosophers, scientists, writers, and intellectuals in the world, asking them, “What is the meaning of life?” He then published their responses in a book. Some offered their best guesses; some admitted that they just made up a purpose for life, and others were honest enough to say they were clueless. In fact, a number of famous intellectuals asked Professor Moorhead to write back and tell them if he discovered the purpose of life!” Search no more! For more life changing inspiration, click here to discover The Purpose Driven Life.
I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize.Philippians 3:13