Great news!!! The Razorback basketball team beat the Alabama Crimson Tide team today in Walton Arena, at the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville. GO HOGS GO!!! If you have never been to a University of Arkansas Athletic Competition involving the Razorback Sports Teams, it may be hard to understand the full impact of "Razorback Spirit". However, once you have attended a "home" HOGS game, and felt the roof nearly come off the building from the cheers, the applause, the foot-stomping, the band playing, the announcer talking over the loudspeaker, and the gigantic score board flashing "LOUDER! LOUDER! LOUDER!!!", you may not fully appreciate the feelings behind the term "Razorback Spirit". In a similar fashion, if you have never experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life, you may not fully appreciate the feelings behind the term "Holy Spirit" either.
The photo above is an enlargement of a ticket for a Razorback basketball game, and shows that the price of the ticket was twenty-five dollars. Just as it takes a ticket to get into Walton Arena to experience in person that feeling of Razorback Spirit, so it takes a "ticket" of sorts to experience the feeling of the Holy Spirit in your life. Jesus paid the "price" for that ticket by dying on the cross for our sins. The way we use that "ticket" is by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Once you have made that decision, and asked forgiveness for your sins, then you have the necessary component for experiencing the Holy Spirit in your life. In fact, it is because of the Holy Spirit that I am involved in a program (www.FirstPlace4Health.com) that puts into practice the truth found in I Corinthians 6:19-20 that says "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." Once I heard a sports broadcaster refer to Walton Arena as the "Temple of Basketball" in the South. When I walked into this "Temple of Basketball" for my game, the heat was working; the lights were working; the food areas were clean; the bathroom facilities were in proper working order, and the sound system was working properly. But Walton Arena would not function properly if there were not an ongoing program of preventive maintenance. So it is with our bodies----also known as "the temple of the Holy Spirit". We are commanded to care of our bodies---not just say "It's my body and I can do with it whatever I want". I would love to write more, but I have to go now to do some preventive maintenance on "my temple"!! Miles of smiles! Tricia