where is god in the losing?


We just ended year three of this HC (head coaching) gig. This was to be the year we turned the program around. My coach had high hopes, I had high hopes, and our team had high hopes! But as you can guess from the title of the blog, that didn’t happen. We lost our first four games. We had injuries, weather issues, and everything in between. Long story short we ended the season 2-8.

When you believe THIS is supposed be your team’s year and you end up 2-9, I often pondered this question…”Where is God in the losing?” Through lots of prayers, supportive friends and family’s love and not gonna lie, lots of tears, we learned the answer.

Where is God in the losing? He’s right smack in the middle of it, still totally and completely in our midst, even when we didn’t necessarily feel that way. While we saw our share of disappointments, frustrations, and what I believe to be attacks by the devil himself, we saw a group of boys who got it done in the classroom in ways the program had never done before, earning six academic all-conference and one academic all-state. We saw our own children create bonds with players at practice, pre-games and all stay warm together on those cold Friday night games. We saw joy, excitement, and crazy enthusiasm when we did get that first win.

The losing strengthened our prayer life and made us much more willing to ask for prayers. The losing challenged our faith and helped it grow. The losing drew us closer to God who loved us even with a losing season.

On Thursday night before our sectional game, we always have the team over to our house for a pasta dinner, bonfire, and team bonding. There was LOTS of pasta consumed, LOTS of laughs, LOTS of looking back at memories of the season, and LOTS of encouragement for the next game ahead. We had boys tell us at the end of the night, “Wow, I’ve never seen the stars so bright like they are out here. Where I live there’s always so many lights you can’t really see them.” After all the players had gone, my HC and I sat by the bonfire and he said, “I think we made a difference tonight!” Too bad they don’t count win/loss records on that!

We believe God brought us to this school for a reason. In the beginning, that original, single reason was football. And while it’s still football, this year has taught us the hard way, through the losing, that God brought us here for SO MUCH more than football.

Zephaniah 3:17, "The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."

James 1:2-4, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."

 

 

 

 

 

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