March Madness is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. I adore college basketball, and in March (and a lite bit of April) these college players give everything they have to be crowned champions. There’s incredible emotion, a lot of upsets and amazing surprises.
But, as I’m watching these unbelievably exciting games, I’m reminded that mistakes are inevitable. In one moment, these young men and women miss shots, foul unnecessarily, turn over the ball, and in the next moment, they are on to the next play. There is not enough time to dwell on a missed shot when they have to focus on making the next one.
Likewise, when we fail, we must take what we’ve learned and put it into practice. We can’t spend so much time dwelling on our flaws, imperfections and bad decisions that we miss the amazing life God has for us. Imagine if these players would have given up and didn’t want to play basketball anymore because of too many bad shots or bad play decisions? They would have missed out on the absolute joy and exhilaration of reaping the fruit of all the hard work they have sewn.
As we place our total faith in God, let’s enjoy the ride, and work to not give up in the face of flaws, failure or adversity.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)