Most of America (and portions beyond) will hit the “pause button” Sunday — gathering in homes, sports bars, and even larger venues to watch Super Bowl XLV. Included in the some 100,000 who purchased tickets are those who paid $200 to stand outside the stadium and watch it on big screen. Wow! In the sports world it is THE big event. The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers square off for the championship of the NFL.
Millions and millions will stop everything to watch, to cheer, to party. It’s become quite a ritual in American culture — a part of who we are. You can count me among the many.
Whether you have cable or satellite, you more than likely receive your signal through a digital video recorder. Cindy and I watch a few programs on a regular basis — we like American Idol (especially this year’s panel of judges!). I like House (Cindy not so much).
Anyway — we have developed the habit of recording the shows and replaying them so we can fast forward through the commercials. That way you can watch an hour program in forty minutes! If you start at twenty minutes past the hour, you catch up by the end.
But those rules don’t apply when it comes to Super Bowl night.
One thing that makes the Super Bowl “all that” are the commercials. We will hit the pause button and rewind on our DVR more times for the commercials than for big hits or great plays. The most creative, humorous, and expensive advertisements of the year are debuted that night. It’s always fun.
It’s good to pause. In biblical language it’s called “Sabbath.” As Christians, we pause on Sundays for worship, daily to read the Bible, and even more often to pray. It’s built into who we are.
Here’s my list of where and when I am learning to “hit pause.” When it comes to—
2—controlling my anger
5—making action plans
6—or when I just want to throw in the towel and quit!
Follow me over the next month and we’ll look at each one. Where and when are you learning to hit the “pause button?”