If you know me even a little bit, you probably know that I love sports. Sadly, this has been a terrible week in this area of my life.
Before Sunday morning (Saturday evening in the US), things were going great. Michigan was ranked 12 in the nation and the Cubs were in the NLCS. Sunday morning, I turned off my laptop to get ready for Sunday Celebration after watching the Michigan Football team stop MSU on 4th down with just a couple minutes left in the 4th quarter. I thought they won the game, but here’s what happened since that moment…
-Sunday early morning: Michigan loses on the final play, fumbling a punt after having a 99.8% chance of winning -Sunday late morning: Cubs lose game 1 -Monday: Cubs lose game 2 -Wednesday: Cubs lose game 3 -Thursday: Cubs lose game 4, being swept on Back to the Future day of all days :(
So, why is this post under “#thankful”? Because I think through this week of so many defeats, God’s been helping me to let go. To have a healthier perspective and appreciation for sports. I realized how much I identify with my teams, taking both victories and losses personally, as if these things were connected to my self-worth. I’m not perfect by any means, as I still had moments of self-pity and discouragement, but I can see God refining my character even in things like this.
And I’ve also been learning about hope. That even in defeat, there is hope for redemption, and growth, and a bright future ahead - not just for two of my favorite teams, but in my life as well. No reason to get discouraged. Just hold on to hope and believe there are greater things to come.
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” [Romans 5: 3-5]