This upcoming weekend, the New England Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons in a rather important football game. So whether we like him or not, quarterback Tom Brady will once again be adorning all of our television screens on Super Bowl Sunday. He most likely will be picking apart the Falcons defense with short, screen passes to multiple Patriot receivers on long and time-consuming drives, many resulting in touchdowns. Unless you're a Patriots fan, this kind of offense isn't exciting to watch, but we can't downplay its effectiveness. But, I digress. As we look forward to the big game, I wanted to share a few things Brady said during a nationally televised interview just a few, short years ago, one in which he expressed the same frustration many of us are facing.
The highly successful and decorated quarterback was being interviewed in December 2007 by 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft. Brady, being the epitome of success, we would expect him to yearn for nothing. But during the interview, Brady started listing off many of his accolades and accomplishments, and says how even with all that, he still felt unsatisfied. He still felt like he was missing something.
Steve Kroft then asked him: “What's the answer? What else is there?”
"I wish I knew. I wish I knew,” said Brady. "I love playing football, and I love being quarterback for this team. But at the same time, I think there are a lot of other parts about me that I’m trying to find."
Later during the same interview with Kroft, Brady makes a statement, one that ended up being more of an implied question, and I believe the answer to his "question" was the very one he was "unknowingly asking."
"God, it's got to be MORE THAN THIS, this can't be what it's all cracked up to be?”
As I was listening to this whole exchange, I was reminded of when theologian C. S Lewis famously said, "If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world." Brady had tried about everything this world had to offer when the "more than this" he was searching for was something not found on this Earth.
I highly doubt anyone reading this will get anywhere close to the same level of Brady's worldly success. But if we are being honest with ourselves, we have all asked the same question at some point in our lives, and I believe the answer is the same for each one of us. Jesus is the "more than this" we are all longing for and we all need, and He is just waiting for us to recognize Him.