We can all learn some valuable life lessons from the world of sports and a prime example was the 51st Super Bowl. This was a great game with a number of records being set. No team had ever done what the New England Patriots did in coming back from a 25-point deficit to win a thriller in overtime. In fact, no team had ever been behind by more than 10 points and gone on to win a Super Bowl. The Patriots won their 5th Super Bowl as did Tom Brady. This was also the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
While the win was a team effort by the Patriots, Tom Brady was the key to keeping his team in the game. The veteran quarterback kept his team believing they could still win when that seemed absolutely impossible. To do this required tremendous leadership skills and Brady came through with flying colors.
The Atlanta Falcons, a very good football team with a 25-point lead, seemed to have the game in the bag with a little over seven minutes left in the third quarter. However, for the rest of the game the Falcons were no match for the Patriots. There were lots of lessons to be learned from this game.
The outcome was a classic example of a “never give up” attitude. After the Falcons made the score 28-3 early in the third quarter, how many of those watching the game believed that the Tom Brady-led Patriots had a chance to even make the game close – much less to win it? I must confess I thought it was over at that juncture. However, it was evident that the Patriots, and especially Tom Brady, had no intention of giving up.
The lessons learned in sports carry over into all aspects of life. There will be times when things appear to be so bad for us that we have no chance of turning whatever faces us around. Many of us have a tendency to give up when things are going really bad for us. There will be “storms” in our lives and we have to find ways to survive those storms.
Most all of us will have experienced defeats and have known suffering, struggles and losses at some point. We might be facing health problems, financial issues, family problems or difficulties at work and there simply won’t appear to be any answers available to us for those problems. That is when we have to rise up and elect not to give up. We have to remember that God is always with us regardless of what problems are facing us and that nothing is impossible for Him.
My prayer is for each of us to never give up on anything of importance in life and to trust God to help us deal with the problems that we will certainly face.
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