Thursday, June 25, 2009

And They WON!

I can hardly believe it (nor can the rest of the world), but the USA actually beat Spain (ranked #1) in the Confederations Cup semi-final! Yay for the underdog!

My kids asked this morning at breakfast, "If the USA is not as good as Spain, then how come they won?" Dan replied (and this is one of the reasons I absolutely love my husband), "It doesn't matter how the teams played in the past or what their rankings were. What matters is how they played THIS game."

I was sitting at the breakfast table, barely awake, but it dawned on me - life's like that as well. We sometimes carry our past like an embarrassing burden or the "ranking" of labels - failure, alcoholic, drug addict, divorcée, stupid - but you know what? It really doesn't matter what happened yesterday. What matters are the choices you make THIS day.

We're all underdogs in some way or another, but God doesn't see us that way. "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again..." - Jeremiah 31:3-4

And now... I'm going to root for South Africa, who are playing Brazil in the other semi-final. Go, Bafana Bafana! Ke Nako!


Bonnieruby said...

I LOVE this! How true it is!

ROSIE said...

Amen! The past is nailed to the cross. What matters is how we live each today: under His blood and by His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit.