If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love sports, and have been a lifelong fan of Texas A&M, Dallas Cowboys, and the Texas Rangers. The memories that I have developed over the years first with my Grandfather and Dad, and now my son are some of the best of my life. I love the competition, the thrill of victories, and the learning opportunities in defeat.
It’s really an interesting how athletics and the competition mimic life in so many ways. We see the trill of victory on a daily basis working with the poor. The ability to overcome the difficult challenges thrown before us and reach someone that had all but lost hope. Victory! That is an incredible feeling to score a touchdown for Jesus! To know that all the hard work, the countless hours of our staff that has gone into arriving at the moment where a life is changed…the best feeling in the world.
The same can be said for the defeats too. To find a child that had been buried alive just because she had a cleft lip is heartbreaking. We could have saved this child! A mother who lost her child and suffered a fistula during an extended labor and became incontinent can be helped, if we can only reach her. A grandfather that has been blind for years due to cataracts and if he can be brought to one of our Health Centers or Project Teams can see again. We are limited in our reach, but it is our motivation to overcome these challenges and turn them into victories in the future.
This week as we all gather to watch the upcoming season, I hope you will take a moment to say a prayer for God’s Team that is working hard to compete on the field of life. The thrill of competition is a gift and we should continue to love the experience that it provides. Hopefully, it will also remind us of the defeats that continue to happen. We can overcome these defeats by working together. A loss is only a loss if you let it happen and don’t strive to eliminate it from happening again.
We have the best Coach, the best Teacher, and an incredible Team that is focused and will overcome all that is thrown in our paths. The lights may go off, but God will light the path for us to follow. There may be agony in defeat, but there will be Victory for God in the end!
Time for Kickoff!