Last night, my soccer team (Christopher is also on the team) suffered a heart-breaking 5-2 loss in the Semi-Finals to the only team that had beat us earlier in the regular season. It really hurt. It still hurts. We were the #1 team heading into this game. We had only lost one game all year. We felt like we deserved to win, but the other team came out on top. If you have ever been in a situation like the one I just described, you know the feeling that I feel right now.
But as I was staring off into nothingness on the side of the soccer field, I felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned around to find a man from our church (who had driven nearly an hour just to see the game) looking at me. He told me how sorry he was that we had lost and how well we had played. For me, the words I heard were just words that anyone says to someone after they have lost. But then he said something that caught my attention, “You know what to do now, don’t you?” Honestly, I didn’t really think about that. Obviously I was going to live my life, but I couldn’t just live it being caught up in sadness and grief the whole time. He then said, “You just keep going. Soccer doesn’t define you. It’s awesome that God gave you this ability, but it doesn’t define you.” Wow. Just wow. He was completely right. God gave me an ability that I can play soccer and do this great stuff, but that doesn’t define who I am. I am in Christ and that is all that matters.
If you recall, I recently did a post on who we are. As that man was speaking to me, my mind flashed back to something I said in that post, “What are you really trusting in? Who are you found in? Who are you found in?” I had waited a week and a half to play that game and I was sure that we were going to win. So after we lost, I had such an empty feeling inside of me. A feeling that I had let everyone down. I had so many great chances I just blew away. But that’s not who I am. I have victory in Jesus. This somewhat gave me reassurance inside. Although it still feels terrible inside, this has kind of made it easier for me and I hope it will for you, too.
Before I end this post, I want to finish with a funny advertisement I recently saw: