By: Debbie Christopher—-Last week, my husband and I were ‘watching’ a football game on TV. During the third quarter, the TV commentator made a statement that immediately grabbed my attention. I excitedly said to my husband, “Did you hear what he just said?!” I knew I had my next blog! I set aside what WAS going to be my next one, and started the thought process for this one. I love it when a thought ‘grabs me’.
To set the stage, one team hadn’t played very well during the first half and had been quite a bit behind at halftime. During the third quarter, they came out as a different team and began a quick comeback. The other team became frustrated and lost the momentum they had earlier in the game.
The commentators were discussing this dramatic change from both teams, and one of them stated, “It’s all about your response.” WOW! Did you catch the implication of that statement? It’s all about the response.
Both teams responded to a bumpy set of circumstances that affected each team in a different way. One team responded with confidence, determination, and excitement. The other team responded with apprehension, discouragement, and frustration.
The ‘comeback’ team could not quite overcome their first half deficit, but it ended up being a very close game. I’m sure the winning team ‘celebrated’ with a forehead swipe and a ‘schew, that was CLOSE!”
One team won…one team lost…but, both teams learned a valuable lesson. It’s all about how we respond.
The promise found below from 1 Peter 5:10, assures us that the God of Grace has provided all the resources we need to overcome the bumps in life. It all comes down to how we choose to respond to those bumps. Do we respond with confidence, determination, and joy--- or, with apprehension, discouragement, and frustration?
“Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.”
1 Peter 5:10 HCSB
It’s all in how we respond…