In His Image

There have been so many photos and images from NFL teams in the last couple of days.

Out of all of them one stands out to me.


     Alejandro Villanueva, #78 for the Pittsburg Steelers, stood by himself in the tunnel.  He was a captain and Army Ranger and served three tours in Afghanistan.  He received several medals for his service including the Bronze star.

His teammates chose to stay in the locker room, but he walked into the tunnel alone and showed his respect.

This photo says so much more to me than what is really going on.

This is each of us, in the end.  We don't go locking arms.  We are alone and don't answer to God for anyone but ourselves.  We can't bring along people to support us, we don't get character witnesses, it is just me, myself, and I.

This is such a reminder to me that everyone has beliefs and, thankfully for this man and others like him, we have the right to stand up for those beliefs.

We have one side to choose to be on in this world and it's the side of our God.  At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what everyone else chooses to do, we can only answer for ourselves and we are only responsible for ourselves.

There was a lot going on with the NFL on Sunday, but this man chose to do what was close to his heart and what he believed was the right thing for him.  He wasn't afraid to stand alone and strong.

I think he made a big impact standing alone and I couldn't help but think about the bigger picture.

Genesis 1:26-27New International Version (NIV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

1 Corintians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.


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