Scoreboard

In sports, every team wants a winning record. The first goal in any championship run is to at least play .500 ball, to at least win more than we lose. But, sometimes things don’t work out that way. Teams go through slumps. Players get hurt. Rookies under achieve. Coaches make mistakes. And, before you know it, our team ends up on the wrong side of the standings. It happens. It’s not always fair, but it’s reality. The best laid plans of the off-season don’t materialize. And, all we’re left to do is say, “Just wait ’til next year.” In many ways, life is like this. For many of us, there comes a time in life when the list of everything we’re not seems to overtake the list of everything we are. Our shortcomings seem to outnumber our strengths, and our failures seem to outnumber our successes. We’re not where we thought we’d be by now. Our families haven’t quite turned out like we thought. Our careers are stuck at best or in a downward spiral at worst. Wins are few and far between. Loses seem to mount. We keep looking at the scoreboard, and it keeps letting us down. And, to make things worse, it is in these dry seasons that despair seems to grow, perspective seems to wane, and hope seems like a distant dream. For just a moment, let me encourage you to take your eyes off the scoreboard. Quit looking at the standings. Instead, take a moment to remember who you are. If you are a believer in Jesus, you have been forgiven and brought into right relationship with God. You are free from the power and penalty of sin. You are greater than your failures. You’re adopted into the family of God. You are His child and a co-heir with Jesus. You are more than a winner. You are loved and accepted, and no one can take that away from you (Romans 8). So, look up. Lift up your chin. Hold up your head. You may think the scoreboard and the standings say otherwise, but you have won. You’ve won because of Jesus. Christ has conquered sin and death, and He brings us into the realm of His great victory. Rest in Him and rejoice in what He has done.

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