Every now and again something occurs in the world of sports that speaks volumes to the rest of society. It happened again on January 7th at the BCS College Football Championship game between the Universities of Alabama and Texas. There were many stars on the field including the Heisman Trophy winner and one of the runner ups. The game was exciting and had a great finish with Alabama winning the national championship. Roll Tide!!
But the most memorable moment of the afternoon came in an after the game interview. You see, the Texas quarterback, Colt McCoy was knocked out of the contest with a shoulder injury in the fourth minute of play. Years of practice and acute anticipation collapsed into a gigantic hole of disappointment. The biggest game of his life, the apex of his young career, the moment he had dreamed about since he was a little boy came to a screeching halt as his shoulder was driven into the ground and he was through for the day.
His replacement played gallantly and Texas gave Alabama a run for their money, but the Tide held the trophy at the end of the game.
As the jubilant Alabama team swarmed onto the field, a journalist found Colt McCoy and asked him about this incredibly disappointing moment. Colt began the interview by reminding everyone how much he loves football. He said he would have done anything to be able to stay in and finish the game. But he went on to commend his replacement and congratulate Alabama.
And then that Christian young man looked into the camera and confidently outlined his outlook on life. Even in that crushing moment of severe disappointment, he declared… “I always give God the glory. I never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life. I am standing on the rock.”
Wow! What a meaningful message for all of us.
Disappointments occur in all our lives. And dealing with them is tough for anyone, at any age. In Junior High, I was pretty crushed when Dave “what’s his name” didn’t asked me to dance. I cried in High School when I didn’t win at the Leadership conference. And in college I whined a lot when I got a B. In the scheme of things, these were very minor, insignificant setbacks.
Life has much bigger and more meaningful disappointments. Childless couples could attest to that. Parents of teenagers can affirm it too. Losing a job or an expected promotion is a huge disappointment. Watching your marriage disintegrate is crushing. The untimely death of a loved one can be devastating.
If you are facing any circumstance like those this week, may I suggest you click on the You Tube interview (www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVsSvx3UQOY) and let Colt remind you…
GIVE GOD THE GLORY. NEVER QUESTION WHY THINGS HAPPEN THE WAY THEY DO. REMEMBER THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL. STAY STANDING ON THE ROCK!