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A guest preacher at our church this past Sunday told the following story:
When it is 1:00 pm in the Eastern Time zone, it is only 7 am in Hawaii. That makes for some interesting television.
The preacher has a friend who lives in Hawaii and loves football. When Monday night football is being shown live here, it is played later as a tape delayed in Hawaii.
The friend told the preacher that when his favorite team plays, he will listen to the game live over the radio, then watch it taped later that evening.
“The fumbles and missed tackles and penalties aren’t so bad when you know the final results. I watch the game with an entirely different perspective because I know who wins,” he said.
Say that last line slowly to yourself.
Powerful, isn’t it?
I watch the game with an entirely different perspective because I knew who wins. Wow, what a statement.
As Christians isn’t that how we should try to live?
We know Who has already won the battle. God defeated sin and death. With God, we are victorious.
Yet I dwell on my fumbles, focus on what is wrong with me when I missed opportunities, and fail to find the positive in learning from my mistakes. I concentrate too much on the insignificant incidentals in life and lose sight of the triumphant ending.
I am going to work on living life with a different perspective knowing God has already won. Join me?