By Micah Smith
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Rev. Micah Smith, president and founder of Global Gateway Network and author of “Heaven’s Heartbeat” shares his thoughts on how to keep going when things seem tough.
Finding yourself midway through physical rehab, or halfway through the reconciliation of a broken marriage can be a highly uncomfortable place to be (something like straddling a fence where your feet don’t quite touch the ground).
You might very well feel like a loser.
But you could be wrong. You don’t really know. You’re only halfway. There’s a lot of game left.
Remember this: the score at halftime doesn’t necessarily predict the finish! Sometimes it isn’t even close.
What matters at halftime, in the locker room, are the relationships between the coach and team members, and between the players themselves.
Speaking words of counsel, encouragement and exhortation to each other, team members draw from a still untapped reservoir of energy and strength.
It is in this place, and in these moments, that losers become winners.
What about the assignment Jesus has given you? Do you feel like a loser? Does the scoreboard discourage you? Are you going through those halftime blues?
Too often, Christians confuse the priority of what they do with whom they do it.
Your task isn’t nearly as important as your teacher. Your assignment, whatever it may be, cannot compare to your Savior. Your mission dims in the light of your Master.
Sure, it’s true that what we do is significant. But in the doing we’re bound to make mistakes. We fumble the ball, miss a tackle or a key block, maybe even get confused and run the wrong way for 10 or 20 yards. In short, we blow it!
The relationship with the team and the coach, however, remains intact. After all, this is another experience to learn from, another moment to grow, another opportunity to sharpen the skills and fine-tune the mechanics of the game.