365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, Friday morning I woke up thinking about that interception Drew threw in the final minutes of the game, we (the Saints) were almost down to the two-minute warning, and Drew threw his first and only interception of the game. Now, this was a “Game Changer”! Before this play, I am sure Sean, the players, and the fans still saw hope. Hope that Drew could throw the ball down the field possibly to Thomas or one of the other players to run the ball into the end zone for the winning touchdown. A repeat of what was done several times throughout the season, but no, not this time! This time, we needed a “Game Changer” moment! A moment when defensive pressure could not shake us, and we recognized that what use to work, would not work this time. We needed to bring the element of surprise, but when we come unprepared to play like #1 seed, the element of surprise can never be implemented and losing is the end result. But every loss is not a bad thing. Many times, in our life, God will allow us to lose the war to win the battle. The loss is to teach us to always come ready to play like the #1 seed and never take any moment for granted. A loss prepares us for a greater comeback while granting us a humbling experience that opens our eyes to see what we missed the first time and use it to execute with greater skill and force every other time. So, let us thank God for the losses because He is only preparing us to be a mighty “Game Changer” and setting us up for the big win!
Listen, on Thursday night, the Cowboys did just that, they came waging war and played as if they were the #1 seed. The defense was off the chain and no matter the team’s current record, they played as if they were playing in the Super Bowl as the #1 seed. We can learn something from the Cowboys, and that is to saddle up and take the horse for the best ride of his life! It does not matter who may have counted us out based on our past or current record, we should always come prepared and ready to take out our opponent (Satan, the enemy). Do you understand that the Cowboys spent countless hours studying the strategy of their opponent and practicing every play strategically as if they were playing the Saints in the real game? HINT: we must take this approach in life. The Cowboys set out to stop their biggest threat, Drew Brees, the greatest quarter back in the NFL and guess what, they did just that but not without strategy and practice. We must stop saying we want to win if we are not doing anything in our life to prepare to win. This is insanity and stupidity!
WR2W, if we want to be champs and play in the Super Bowl of life, meaning accomplish our goals and became a “Game Changer” we have to study our opponent’s strategy and develop a plan to wage war and the only way we can be successful at defeating the enemy is by studying the word of God. One of my favorite game changers in the bible is Esther. Esther was a bad woman! She was wise and very strategic. She did not make a move without consultation and sticking to the plan. She was not hasty nor was she shaken under pressure. She remembered all she was taught and shared only what needed to be shared at the appropriate time and because she came prepared to play, she not only won the game, but she changed the game! In changing the game, she saved her family and a nation of people, made history, and prepared the way for the Kings of Kings! Esther was a “Game Changer” because she had a prayer life and a plan! Moreover, she understood the importance and power of praying with those in agreement. My sisters, this type of praying will move mountains, I have seen it happen. The bible enlightens us in Esther 4:16 (NLT) that Esther sent word to Mordecai to “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” This indicates that Esther was not operating in fear because she had spent time with God and received revelation on strategy and her purpose and she was prepared for whatever may have come her way because she trusted God. WR2W, the hope that many may have seen on the field Thursday night before the untimely interception because of the trust in the skill of Sean Payton and Drew Brees to get us the win when we knew it was over, is the same enthusiastic approach we must take in coming to know Jesus when we feel like life is over. We need to surrender to the will of God and allow Him, the only Hope, to give us strategy to become a “Game Changer” and make a difference in and for His Kingdom. Then and only then will “The Saints Go Marching In” and win the Super Bowl of Life. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
Changing the Game