What impressed me most about UCLA’s 17-7 victory over University of Arizona was not Jordan Payton’s 70-yard touchdown reception. Jordan is a member of my church, the Lighthouse Church in Santa Monica, and attended Lighthouse Church School.
What impressed me most was how not only Jordan prayed in endzone but several UCLA players. Such a display of unafraid devotion to God receives only mocking attention from the media. It’s not that God favors one team against another, as the jeers suggest. But there are young men willing to proclaim their love of God, superior over love of football, in front of thousands. They pray to do their best. Of course, they want to win and maybe even pray to win, but if their faith is deep enough, they know that ultimately the only victory is making it into Heaven.