Never Count Yourself Out Until the Game Is Over

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Let's get this out of the way. I am a Dallas Cowboys fan, period. But being someone who enjoys sports and watching true competition unfold, Sunday’s game was amazing! 

The action in the 4th quarter alone was enough to make any sports fan want to suit up and get into the competition, no matter their ability to play (minor details). 

What I learned from watching Tom Brady’s miracle-esq comeback: 

Winners Win 
 
We can make excuses, or we can win. We can blame other people, or we can win. We can fall, stay down and cry about it or we can win. I believe whole-heartedly that winners find a way, anyway, to win. Sunday's Superbowl win proved this as fact for me. 

Never Count Yourself Out Until The Game Is Over 

Personally, I've had some moments at the 20-yard line in life when I was ready to throw in the towel. But what do we have to loose by going another 20-yards? What will you gain? Victory? Defeat? The chance to do things differently? Better? 

Depending on your perception, all of these choices are possible wins. My suggestion, stay in the game. 

Never Count Yourself In Until The Game Is Over 

Celebrating too early has been the death of many, as witnessed in last year's presidential election. We saw it again Sunday night. I don’t know if you caught this, before a winner was  announced  Falcons owner trotted down to the field late in the fourth quarter, as to accept a trophy for a game that had not been called. Tragic. 

In business, we must be mindful of our competitors and never rule out the fight in another man's heart.  

Winning Is What Matters

Deflatgate, spygate, Giselegate (joke), whatever-gate to my point earlier, winners win. There is no amount of ridicule that can deny the greatest comeback in NFL history, and while everyone else is making up reasons why Tom Brady is not a winner, he continues to win. The rest of us are merely spectators, viewers, witnessing someone achieving greatness. 

People say a lot. They will say a lot about you and me but at the end of the day winning is what matters. How well you run your race is what matters, so again, stay in the game. 

Prayer Changes Things

The image of Brady sitting on the sidelines, head down, shoulders dropped, is probably burned into the mind of Patriots fans everywhere. The memes were relentless.

tom brady meme, instagram 

tom brady meme, instagram 

The game was over for most Falcon fans. However, on the bench, Brady was doing something. 

I'd like to say praying to a higher power. 

It takes humility to confess our need and ask for help, but what are our other options in the face of defeat? When no one in this world can comfort or provide us the relief we seek? We go back to which we came, seeking answers, seeking courage to finish what we started.

Just maybe, Brady believes in the power of prayer. 

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What Grace Taught Me About Life

The Bible defines grace as God’s unmerited favor. When I look back over my life, I have been a receiver many times over of this grace. 

Life is crazy. There are so many directions that you and I can go in and so many things begging, pleading, and stealing our attention. I can sometimes forget that I am not here plowing along on my own. There is a lot done for me that I did not ask for nor deserve.

For starters, the fact that I was born here in the United States when I could have just the same been born in a country without the rights and the privileges given to me here. The grace of having a mother who believed in hard work, courage, and persistence; even after being left to raise my sisters and I by herself (oh, and did I mention I am a triplet). I think about the grace that was shown to me in middle school and high school by counselors, teachers, and coaches, who encouraged me to try harder and dig deep for the results I hoped to see. I think back to college, the ability to find the funding I needed to go and the jobs I held to make my way through. Collector, babysitter, student program committee are all jobs that could have gone to someone else.

Even my first job in sports was unmerited grace. It was by chance I met a guy who told me about a job working for the new sports team in my hometown. The situation changed the trajectory of my life and set me on the path I’m on today. All these things were working together for my good – grace.

The key for me is to live each day giving back the grace shown to me.

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