Football, as we know, can be an interesting but a killer game. A lot of people have suffered premature death as a result of poor and disappointing performances of their clubs. Some people did not bother to give up but have to bear with their clubs, managing and suffering losses with them. At times, they may get rewarded by some wonderful seasons’ performances, where their clubs come up as the best.
In my school days, I belonged to the Youngsters Football Club. We had an age long tradition of playing to the admiration of all the people. There were seasons we couldn’t make it to the top of the league table. Most of our supporters left us and joined our opponents. Our coach was a very good man. His attitude of never-quit-early made some of us to vow never to disappoint again. Sometimes while in the field of play, our opponents will be scoring goals against our team, yet in his usual manner, he will be encouraging us, “Don’t give up on it, we’ll surely win the match!” His encouraging attitude saw us through many winning matches, and at the end, we toppled our league table for many consecutive seasons, and made it to finish line. We came up the best.
As I was reflecting on the ups and downs of our football outings, I realized that there are some valuable lessons that can be learned. The Youngsters were among the losers. But that did not keep away us from doing our best and becoming the champions. There are many examples of people who overcome their pasts and made it to finish line. In the Bible, there was a man named Saul, who later became the apostle Paul (Acts 9; 1 Timothy 1:12-15). His past was bad news, yet he was able to overcome it with better UFABET งบน้อยก็เดิมพันได้ testimonies. The Corinthian people had been involved in many ugly and wicked practices, yet they came up later to become part of God’s household (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Peter denied Jesus three times, yet his past could not stop him from being a great preacher who preached a wonderful Pentecost Sermon that brought so many people into God’s kingdom (Matthew 26; 75; Acts 2). Though, your past may have been messed up, it is not a good reason for you to quit living. Your past should not ruin the rest of your life. Your past does not have to determine your future. You can start right now and do what you want to do with the rest of your life, and resolve to serve God every day.
You should also remember that what other people think of you is not nearly as important as what you think of yourself or what God thinks of you. After our team, the Youngsters, lost to some clubs that are made up of inexperienced players, no one ever thought that we could win any more matches. We were written off and every sports analyst voted us as the team that would finish last or next to the last in our group. We did not fall to those predictions, we were not intimidated, rather we made it to the top! When David volunteered to fight against Goliath, he had to face skepticism and discouragement from his brother Eliab and King Saul (I Samuel 17:28; 17:33). When people think about us in an unkind manner, we still need to do what is right (I Peter 4:3, 4). What they think is not nearly as important as what God thinks of us.