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“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” ~ Ecclesiastes 1:14

For some inexplicable reason, I have become something of a football fan over the past year.  I don’t know all the terms and everything a lifer would know, but the tumultuous post-lockout season captured my attention

You’d think that this being the off-season would mean there isn’t much going on, football-wise.  Of course, the endless headlines about Peyton Manning would certainly prove otherwise.

Multiple teams are chasing Manning, recently released from the Colts because they didn’t want to pay a $38 million bonus to someone who didn’t see playing time last season.  I don’t blame them.  It was a money-saving move on their part.  However, I don’t fully understand are the teams that are throwing themselves at Manning’s feet.  Yes, he is an outstanding quarterback.  Or was – he has recently undergone four neck surgeries, all of which have doctor’s questioning his ability to make a full recovery from his injuries.  One brutal sack will end his football career forever.  He’s also 36 – which isn’t very old to the rest of us, but when you make your living trying to outrun and out throw people, being younger tends to stack the deck in your favor.

My biggest question isn’t for the teams hoping to capitalize on Manning’s previous greatness.  That question is for Manning himself: why are you doing this?  What drives a person to risk their health in seeking another season, when they have already accomplished so much?  He’s an MVP, a Pro-Bowler, won multiple division championships, and even won a Super Bowl.  Wouldn’t it make sense to quit while you were ahead?

I think the temptation of more glory and accolades can lure even the most content person to consider something slightly crazy.  Manning seems like a nice guy, but something is clearly driving him forward, pursuing a continuation of a career that could prove very dangerous.

This verse in Ecclesiastes always reminds me to keep my priorities straight.  I can’t speak for Manning, or the teams trying to hire him.  But I can remember that glory on this earth won’t last.  What I do for the kingdom of God will.  At the end of my time on earth, I want to look back on a life lived for Christ – that I won’t have chased the wind at all.