It's Just a Game

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Ask the Lord to help you stay focused on the things that really matter and the people who make them matter.

They lost,” I moaned.. “I can’t believe it.”

“Can we talk?” my wife said.

“Sure,” I answered glumly, not that I was in the mood. I had another game coming up in a few minutes. This one had better not end so badly.

“I know you love your teams, honey, but sometimes when one loses you sink into a real funk.”

“But they blew it!” I protested. “They’re going to miss the playoffs!”

“I know, but you can’t let it ruin your day . . . our day.”

Our day. Now I felt guilty. Because I knew I didn’t always get over it, not quickly, at least. I could mope and carry on, that was for sure. “Jules,” I said, “I’m sorry. I guess I know what you mean. It’s just that I care about the teams and the players. It kills me when we lose.”

“We?” Julee said. “You don’t lose. You just watch.”

Julee was absolutely right. I took my teams’ losses personally and that was dumb. That took all the fun out of being a fan . . . and out of being around me. “Why don’t you change clothes and we’ll go out for dinner,” I said.

“Someplace with no TV?”

“I promise.”

Dear God: please help me stay focused on the things that really matter and the people who make them matter. —Edward Grinnan
Digging Deeper: Pss 25:5, 143:10

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