Everyone wants to be a Champion.
This weekend in my house there were several Mario Kart tournaments. Andrew was schooling his grandparents in the finer arts of racing, while his grandmother was just figuring out how to turn the Wii Wheel. That didn’t seem to deter her however, as she hung in there, putting around the course in 12th at her own speed, undeterred by the constant heckles of “push 2”, “you need to go faster” and “here comes Andrew to lap you again”.
Then there was that Super Bowl. Mr. Manning throws an “pick 6”, interception for a touchdown, to lose the game. Disappointing, to say the least. Do you think that makes him any less of a winner?Any less then of one of the greatest players ever to play.
Oh and then there were the commercials. Disappointing. But we know, the marketers will be back again next year with another brand of humor and attempts to keep us glued to the set. (Also, here is the link to the Tebow Ad – what was the big deal?)
And then there is us. We continue to battle and fight and race. Sometimes we lose ( read sin), sometimes we throw an INT ( that’s interception for you non football fans out there, also read mistake), sometimes our words just don’t have the impact they are meant to have. Does that make us a failure? Does that diminish who we are in God’s eyes? Even though we think it does, it doesn’t. He love is unfailing and our hope keeps us going:
Hebrews 10:23-24 (New International Version)
23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
And we keep on fighting.
Hebrews 10:39 (New International Version)
39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
Don’t shrink back, even in the the face of mistakes – keep on fighting.