My college football life has been pretty dull lately with my USC Trojans on a two-year probation. Every year, I try to attend every USC football game and probation cannot totally damp my enthusiasm. It was a beautiful opening college football day in Southern California. I got up in the morning, threw on my favorite USC jersey, and ran out the door to bask in the sight, sound, and pageantry of college football. Sure enough, everything was perfect! My boys were winning 19-3 and on their way to a blowout.
The second half started and I was calculating, in my mind, the final score around 40-3. Or so I thought. Then, on the 20-yard line, up 19-3, ready to pour on some more points everything begin to change. A bad snap sent the ball sailing over Matt Barkley’s head and the other team stormed 50 yards down the field and scored a touchdown two plays after the recovery. One play changed the dynamics of the game.
ONE CARELESS MISTAKE CAN KILL THE MOMENTUM OF OUR LIVES AND CAUSE US TO LIVE IN A STATE OF SURVIVAL OVER DOMINANCE.
One careless mistake suddenly turned a dynamic team into a timid, scared, shadow of what they were. They still won the game 19-17 but had to survive the victory rather than flourish in victory. One play turned them from unstoppable to purely survival mode.
It is amazing how many times life is going so good, then with one careless act, we lose momentum and have to scramble just to kind of stay afloat when we had been cruising along.
Momentum in our walk with God ought to cherished and protected. We all make mistakes but being more aware of our words, our relationships, and actions can keep us clicking on all cylinders. It’s amazing how one messed up play turned a confident team into a team that totally lost its way.
My prayer is that while we are marching forward in life that we realize that we can keep that success going. Many people say, “At some point all these good things must come to an end.” No, it doesn’t. The Bible says, “Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” While it’s raining blessings, keep praying for rain and stay within God’s game plan.
Don’t be afraid of success! Just keep doing the same disciplined things that have produced momentum and avoid careless living that turns our life from confidence to survival. I learned on a Saturday morning, at a college football game, just how quickly things can go south when we decide to be careless.