“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'” (Matthew 19.26 NIV).
My eldest son is now a freshmen in high school. At 14 years old, he had never played football in his life. However, another student asked him to join the team, so he did. My son lost about 15 pounds in a month. Football was not only physically grueling, but mentally and emotionally exhausting. He was on a steep learning curve, trying to catch up with boys who had been playing since middle school.
He stood on the sidelines a lot during the games. I complained a bit, but he would remind me that he was learning as he watched his teammates play. When he did get to go out onto the field, I had my camera ready to take photos and videos.
Several of his teammates were injured for one particular game, and my son was on the field for many of the plays. Every time the football snapped, I pressed record on my phone camera. If my son did something awesome, I would keep the video. If he didn’t do much or made a mistake, I pressed delete. Since he was a newbie to the sport, there were a lot of videos I erased. But like I always tell my kids: “You have to be bad at something before you can be good.”
The videos I did keep, however, graced my social media. In my eyes, my son was an AMAZING football player. Out of all the boys on that field, I only had eyes for him.
Isn’t that what God does for us? He puts us in this game of life, and we have no idea what we are doing at first. He gives us promises that are way too big for us and sets us on paths in unknown territories. At first, we feel like we are sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else accomplish great victories. But suddenly, He calls us into the game, and we make one mistake after the other.
We may want to quit. We may question why God called us. But His eyes are lovingly on us. And because of the Blood of Jesus Christ, only our victories are recorded. The Blood washes away our sin and our mistakes.
God doesn’t call us to great things because we deserve them or we can somehow earn them. He calls us to trust and obey Him–no matter how much we fumble and how small we feel. He loves us and enjoys watching us try. And when we do finally achieve a victory, He makes a big deal about us.
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There may be a steep learning curve, but if we don’t give up, we will become all that He created us to be.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1.6 NLT).