THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

26992769_2102386409991894_1628764119925673958_nThere is no joy in Mudville … nor Minnesota … as our home team was brutally defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles last night.  Hopes we so high for the Vikings and their fans.  They had placed their faith in a group of men to finally play in the Super Bowl in their own new stadium in Minneapolis.  I have to admit, I was among those saddened by the loss.  After last week’s victory, the Minnesota Miracle faded into oblivion.

It’s good for us to set goals – to plan – to motivate – to encourage, but what happens when those dreams fall apart and are never realized?  It kind of reminds me of the fickle, ancient Romans, who would attend the games of their day and roar like the cacophonic crowds we see at our sporting events today.  They put so much stock in their heroes and quickly turned on them when they were defeated. It’s much the same today when our team loses. We feel humiliated, disappointed, let down, overcome and many even go into a state of depression over it.

Whenever we place our hopes in something other than the God of creation, we’re setting ourselves up for defeat.  God isn’t going to always give us wins.  Life just isn’t that way.  We often have to go through a lot of losses before we realize what we needed to learn from them.  Sometimes we never learn, but that doesn’t mean we should feel defeated.  Our enemy, the devil would like us to believe that winning is the most important thing in life.

Being a Christian doesn’t guarantee a smooth road for us either.  There will be potholes and detours.  We might even slip off the path from time to time.  We may lose control of the wheel or crash, but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.  Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.

Great athletes, exceptional leaders, men and women of integrity, amazing teachers – will come and go.  We’ll face losses in this life, but we can be confident of a real win in the end.  When Jesus is the center of our game, we can’t lose.

1 Peter 1:13-16

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

 

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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17 Responses to THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

  1. Lee Poskey says:

    I enjoy the wisdom that you share with the world Kathy. You have a long life of highs and lows, and God has taught you a lot, and you have a spirit if kindness that goes along with it. So you share that with others. That’s priceless wisdom that can’t be learned from a textbook. And since God uses you to share that wisdom. I’d say that makes you a winner. (And I’ll betcha none of them vikings can claim the God-given wisdom & ministry that you have).

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks, Lee. I do consider myself God’s instrument and hope that all that I say and do can be for his glory. I appreciate your very kind words of encouragement to me. We’re all winners when we trust in God.

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  2. As a Jaguars fan, I feel your pain!! Although a life-long Lions fan, I was pulling for the Vikings so they could play at home in two weeks. There’s always next year.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I was hoping it would be the Jaguars and the Vikings in the Super Bowl. Actually I like the Packers best. Are you from Michigan?

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      • Yes. Hoping to move back there later this year. I’m also a big Aaron Rogers fan when he isn’t playing the Lions or the Jags.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        We got into the Packers when we lived in Wisconsin and Lombardi was coaching. The glory years. We still like them. Our son in law was raised inIshpeming. His dad was an evangelist for the free Lutheran church. Bryan still loves the Lions.

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    Sorry to witness, via TV, the game. My wife has only started referring to the Vikings as the Minnesota Vikings within the past few years. For maybe 30 years, they were Fran’s team, and oh, how she rooted for them. I think she liked Fran, and it stuck. Some here in the Pittsburgh area refer to the other big city in the state as “Filthadelphia,” but I was informed that since I wasn’t born here, I couldn’t say that. So, forget I said it. What was your interest in Pittsburgh on Saturday?

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I thought for sure our Vikings would win.the team has great coaches and pretty decent fans. I’ve heard Philly doesn’t. Hopefully they won’t create too much havoc in our town. We’re actually from Milwaukee and have been if Packer fans. They lost their star quarterback this season, which really hurt them. It’s all turned into big business these days🏈🏈

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      • hatrack4 says:

        In the days of Fran and Johnny U. and Bart Starr, it didn’t seem so much like big business. You identified the players with the team. By the way, my son in Nebraska is a diehard Packer fan and bought a share of the stock when they opened it up to people outside Green Bay.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        So many things change over time don’t they. The things we treasured as young people are taken for granted today. The entertainment was simple and often stirred by imagination, but sports has always been a great connector for kids. I wish they had better role models today. How lucky your son was too be able to buy stock in Green Bay.

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  4. why is it always New England???!!! Whhhhhhhyyyyyy???????

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I don’t know why it’s always New England. I guess having the best quarterback in the country might have something to do with it.They always start slow but come back to win it in the end. Time for a change though. I thought it would’ve been cool to have the vines and the Jaguars but it wasn’t meant to be.

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  5. Amen! Our hope is always best placed with God! 🙂 ❤ ❤

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  6. YoungKody says:

    Love your blog but I am an Eagles fan.. FLY EAGLES FLY!

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