As fate would have it I am writing this blog from Hoover, Alabama late at night and after a day of being reminded often of Monday night's game. It seems this state has played a significant role in my life the last few years and may continue to be a part of my future from a distance. But that game, man it still hurts if you are a Dawg fan. It continues to alternate between so much joy for a great season of many memories to a moment of fleeting thoughts of one that got away.
So too life is a carbon copy of that game- many moments of joy and things that seem to slip through our fingers just when we think we have caught the brass ring. And as life is, we have second and third chances to catch them again, but not often when we expect them. The question I must answer and may be on your mind as well is, when that moment comes, will we be ready to succeed the next time?
Failure does not meant we have lost, it may only be a temporary setback from a permanent victory. The true biblical example is the apostle Peter who had many setbacks before he achieved God's purpose for his life. The key for us is not to beat ourselves up so badly when we don't respond to every challenge with a spiritual victory, and remember that Christ died for us when we were at our worst.
What does that mean? One day we will not only beat Alabama, but our lives will go way beyond that to have learned from every lesson, to have seen the message in every trial, and will dominate the evil forces against us with the full power of God. Well, maybe I got carried away a little but Peter's Alabama was courage, and for sure he was filled by God's spirit for battle, which he eventually won.
We can never give up our dreams of being a champion at life, and for sure if we walk with the Lord, we will win. But when we lose, we need a take away that includes learning why we failed and asking the Holy Spirit to correct our shortcomings. Nothing complicated here. We just follow God's game plan instead of ours.
Just wait until next time, Alabama!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.