OK... I was one of the 100 million plus who watched Superbowl LI last night. And yes my team lost. They choked in the last quarter. They had a big lead and they lost. - That is one way you can look at it. Or you can say my team fought their way to the playoffs winning game after game they were picked to lose, and they were the Division Winners, and the National Football Conference Winners, and they played without a doubt the most exciting Superbowl ever played. After going into overtime, a first ever for a Superbowl they were scored on by one of the greatest teams to ever play the game of football.
We all should take note that a young man from Valdosta GA who was a UGA Bulldog was sort of the catalyst that woke up the sleeping giant of NE Patriots offense. The 4th round draft pick had very limited playing time this year, But in the 3rd quarter as the Pats began their come back Malcom Mitchell was the favorite target for a few minutes. Some of us who are Bulldog fans are a bit proud of this young man.
The game was close. It was sad to lose, but an honor to be there. Atlanta teams just do not seem to win the big games.
There is an old saying, "It is not who wins or loses, but how you play the game." We wouldn't be quoting this if ATL has won last night. But the reality is it was a great game. And we did play way beyond anything I have ever seen from an Atlanta Falcons team. I have been watching them for 50 years.
The arm chair quarterbacks will talk today about mistakes. And what happened, and how IF this had happened, and IF that had happened then things would have been different. Neither team was perfect and both sides made errors.
So here is were I have been going with this wallow in justification for my team's loss. We are all in a contest called life. No one is perfect. We are successful at some things, and we fail at others. We almost make this great thing happen, and yet we have losses we can remember very well. But I am rejoicing that I am on the winning side of life. The victory to decide my eternal fate was bought and paid for on the cross of Calvary over 2000 years ago. I am a winner, and it did not, nor does not, depend on my performance. Jesus paid the price and won the victory over death. The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Romans. When he was talking about living life on the winning side he made it clear that there was victory for believers. Jesus made it so there is no condemnation for us even when we mess up. Even when we are not perfect we are with the winner.
Romans 8:31-39 ESV
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can bei against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.j 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sometimes we may feel like losers when we mess up. The world may watch us and call us losers. The fact is when you have Christ Jesus in your heart you are a WINNER FOREVER.