• Boy, has it been a tough week to be a sports fan in Georgia! Last Wednesday, the Braves were routed, and a season of promise came to an end. On Saturday, the Bulldogs and the Yellow Jackets both lost. Finally, on Sunday the Falcons went down in defeat because of a failed extra point. It has been a trying week for area sports fans, to say the least. 

     

    While losing is not fun, it is a part of life. Failure hurts! Nobody likes experiencing it. But as one coach said a long time ago, “Failure is a great teacher.” We don’t talk much about failure in today’s society (except to complain about our teams losing), but perhaps we should. Truth be told, failure has its benefits. We can learn from our mistakes. We can use the failures of the past to motivate us to do better in the future. We can realize the benefit of getting another chance. 


  • Do you ever get in a rut when you pray?  Do you catch yourself saying the same basic thing when you approach God in prayer? Is prayer more of a routine rather than a heart-felt petition? I’m afraid many of us, including myself, are more on the “wimpy” side when it comes to prayer, falling far short of the boldness that the Lord desires.  

     

    Hebrews 4:16 says:

    “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (NKJV)


  • My favorite mini-series is “Band of Brothers.” Based on the book by Stephen Ambrose, it chronicles the experiences of a unit of paratroopers in World War II. Known as “Easy Company,” this group of soldiers jumped into battle on D-Day and fought until the war with Germany ended almost a year later. In one memorable scene, Easy Company is tasked with taking a small village from the Germans. The battalion commander gives these instructions to the commander of Easy Company before the attack begins, “Move forward, don’t stop or the enemy will fire their mortars and artillery on you.” Motivated by fear, the commander of Easy Company failed to move his unit forward. The attack stalled and several soldiers were killed and many more wounded as a result.

     

    This scene parallels some of the situations we can experience in life.