David, my son, and I watched our basketball team play on TV tonight--The Louisville Cardinals. GO CARDS!! They won and had one of their best games of the year. We both were glad. I always get nervous watching my team play. Whether it's the Cards or some other team I favor, it can at times be nerve racking. This past weekend the two teams I had hoped would win in the NFL both lost. There have been times I have watched the Cards lose as well.
I much prefer the feeling of winning. There are some good lessons to be learned in winning and in losing. For one, there is something to be learned after each game-win or lose. Life is a lot like that. Each day, regardless of its expectations or outcomes has something to teach us. Look for the lesson in this day.
Another lesson is that it's only a game. That's an important truth to cling to. In sports, there will be a tomorrow, win or lose. The lesson here is keep life in perspective. Cheer for your team, celebrate when they win, be sad when they lose. Life is so much more than a game. And there are so many more important things-your family, your health, your relationship to God to name a few.
Finally, as our Youth Minister, Dave, has taught many of us, "Be the Best!" In other words, pour yourself into what you do. Pour yourself into life. My daughter has a picture on her door that she drew. It has three words-"Live, Laugh, Love." That's a good start to being your best in life.
Jesus told us I came so (you) can have real and eternal life, more and better life than (you) ever dreamed of. (John 10:10, The Message).
Have a great week,
January 17, 2008