Hiya, Sweet Friends!
I hope you are having a wonderful week and that you enjoyed your Super Bowl Sunday! My team wasn’t in it (again… go Cowboys!), but it was such an inspirational finish I couldn’t help but cheer for the Patriots and their amazing comeback!
Why? Because they had a “never count us out” attitude right up until the very end (plus, I was at a party in a house full of Pats fans) :)!
There is a verse in 2 Corinthians (4:17) that says: “For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”
I pictured this verse as Tom Brady’s team, dealing with an aggressive Falcon defense all game long, was down by 25 points, and Atlanta was in celebration mode with all the momentum on their side. I wondered at what point the Patriots realized their “momentary suffering” was about to turn into sheer joy and glory.
Verse 18: … “because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”
Had Brady seen the vision in his mind the entire time?
Faithfully chipping away at the score, 39 year-old Tom Brady (is that like 59 in football years?) began executing in a big way, and did what I’m sure Atlanta Falcons fans thought was the impossible. He led his team slowly but surely … 3 points… then 9… until finally tying it up with three minutes left, at 28-28 in the fourth quarter, then WINNING the game by a score of 34 – 28 in the first ever overtime win in Super Bowl history.
Talk about turning your setbacks into a comeback!
The Game Plan
In the midst of their uphill battle, the New England Patriots kept their composure, stuck to their game plan, and found their success by letting their quarterback and their coaches guide their steps, and coming together as a team to emerge victorious.
Instead of giving up when the odds were against them, they believed in their preparation, in each other, and fought literally until the very end.
In our lives, there are so many moments that could cause us to give up, stop short, and never reach our “win”.
But just think of what we could be missing out on if we don’t stick with the process!
We don’t know what the next play will bring, or how many downs it will take until the next score, but a sure way to know for a fact that we won’t win if we stop playing.
Whatever struggles you are dealing with today, whether it’s your weight loss journey, a financial situation, some health news, or the tug on your heart that happens every so often as you’re missing your kids who have left the nest… in order to win you MUST stay in the game.
Stay coachable, lean on support from others, and know God’s got your back – but do stay in the game.
If we don’t want to keep falling short, we can’t keep stopping short. Even if it means the extra effort it will take to send the game into overtime.
And I’ll be cheering you on every step of the way!
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