Friday, 22 March 2019

M Michele's Musings

LSU Lost and We Cried

Recently, I was sitting in my doctor’s office staring at the large framed photographs of LSU players captured in still form on the football field in the middle of decisive plays.  I was immediately reminded of the recent game between LSU and Texas A&M which will go down in history as one of the most memorable college football games.  It was a game that LSU and Texas A&M fan’s will never forget.  The game went into seven overtimes and the score on both sides tallied up into the 70’s.  By the end of the doctor’s appointment, I couldn’t resist asking this avid LSU fan’s opinion of the game and his thoughts.   I won’t belabor the good doctor’s opinions here but needless to say, like most LSU fans I know, his nerves on edge, he couldn’t sleep after the game.  He said he poured himself a good stiff bourbon just to calm down.  He couldn’t bear to relive the game via DVR so he turned the TV off with a decisive click. Then he spent the next week researching sports commentator’s reviews.  My husband, though sleep eluded him, took another path; he stayed up late into the night and was up early the next morning rewinding the game over and over, perusing each play and call with a fine-tooth comb.  The Monday morning after LSU’s defeat our work places were abuzz with everyone’s take on the game.  Like my doctor, I searched sports articles to see what the sports world was saying.  With a few exceptions, the majority were in agreement that the calls or lack thereof were controversial and that LSU didn’t really get a fair shake.  There was even a televised clip wherein the Texas A&M players were reviewing the game replays and they had wide eyed shocked expressions of unbelief at what they saw.  

Overall, most think the officials and not the players, were the ones who decided the outcome of the game that fateful night. Though no fault of their own, the Texas A&M players cannot be completely proud of this particular win because of the controversial calls and final decisions that were made. However, I am amazed at both team’s phenomenal perseverance and effort in playing the game that ensued late into the evening.  Both the LSU and Texas A&M players played a great game.  Both teams put their best foot forward though they were tired, worn out, in pain and just plain exhausted.  Though it was clear that the officials were favoring Texas A&M that did not stop LSU from continuing to play the game with every visage of strength they had.  With every overtime, even those of us at home watching with baited breath, were getting tired, wishing the game would end with a victory for our favored team.  Then the other team would score and the battle would start again. Every single fan was left wondering just when the final victory would come and who would be victorious.                         

The parallels, life examples, spiritual lessons are rife and they have flooded my thoughts since the game.  Life can be a lot like a football game.  We are all players in the game of life.  Some of us are better players than others. We don’t all play the same position but we all have our own special gift and skill set.   When we work together as a team we can get momentous things done. We need each other to be successful. We are all chasing after something. We set goals to reach. The world around us watches and either approves or disapproves. We all have “fans” (those that love us) and “boo-ers” (those who don’t). Voices from every side, with all kinds of views, negative and positive, are all screaming at us in one way or another.   There are instructions, rules and regulations to follow.  There are people in places of authority that guide, give direction and/or tell us we have made mistakes and need to start over.   Mistakes we make, either on purpose or accidental set us back.  Some things or “calls” in life aren’t fair. Some of us handle certain pressures better than others. Life can be full of fun and joy yet at times can be difficult and hard. We get hurt.  Life is peppered with trials, tribulations, wins and losses. 

            The thing that impressed me the most about this game were the players, though tired and exhausted, continued to get up and play the game.  It seemed as if nothing daunted them from finishing the game as it continued to unfold.  Both teams were delivering a valiant fight, tit for tat, almost up to the midnight hour.  Despite all the odds against LSU, being in the “enemy’s camp,” players getting hurt and having seemingly biased officials calling the game, LSU was courageous to continue on despite the challenges set before them.  We too, as Christians following Jesus, are to be strong and courageous. We, of course, are not fighting as the LSU and Texas A&M teams were battling it out physically on a football field. We are, however, in the enemy’s camp (because of original sin) and fighting a spiritual enemy. Satan is an enemy that desires to sift us as wheat and ultimately wants to destroy us (Luke 22:31, John 10:10). We are admonished to stand against Satan, his deceit and evil plans, no matter what he throws at us. As we continue to press forward in Christ we will eventually be winners. We may not win every skirmish but ultimately, we will be victorious in and through Christ.

Scriptures abound in the Bible to encourage us and to help us fight through every battle no matter how difficult. “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6   “For the LORD your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 “The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf.” Deuteronomy 1:30a   Scripture admonishes us to “Fight the good fight of the faith.” 1 Timothy 6:12a   Scripture teaches that we are in race that we need to finish, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 We have a prize to win and to reach the final goal we must persevere, even when we fall, we must get up just as the players did that never to be forgotten game night, “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” Proverbs 24:16a   All things can be accomplished by trusting in God and His beloved Son, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ” Philippians 4:13

            That fateful night both teams fought long and hard. After many exhausting hours Texas A&M was the victor with a score of 74 over LSU’s 72. So, it is much the same in the game of life, not everyone wins, but just as both teams endeavored to win, likewise we must do the same.   We must keep up the good fight diligently working toward the greatest prize which is a close relationship with God through Christ and eternal life with God. As Christians who have entrusted our lives to God, we have the greatest advantage of all; God is our greatest fan and He is the most impartial of all referees and the final judge. God always speaks with encouragement and love into our lives, He never makes wrong or mistaken calls, His rules are true, fair and just. No matter what other voices may rise up to deter us, if we listen to God’s voice we can never go wrong. His voice leads, guides, encourages and strengthens. His voice is filled with love, peace, mercy and compassion. Keep this knowledge close to your heart: You are God’s beloved and in His care. He loves, watches over and keeps you.  “And the LORD, he it is that does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8   God endeavors to make us all winners, overcomers and victors. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

           

Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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