Friday, January 8, 2010

more than a game

Last night, the Texas Longhorns lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship game. The score was 37 - 21. During the first drive of the game, Senior Quarterback Colt McCoy was injured and would be sidelined for the rest of the game. While it may have been his last game as a college player, it will not be last we see of him. He was interviewed after the game, and in my opinion he said some of the most powerful words I have ever heard from a player.

"Always give God the glory. I never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life and I know that I am standing on the Rock."

I am a Texas fan so obviously I am partial to liking Colt, but put aside the fact that I am a fan, as a Christian I am extremely proud of and inspired by this young man. Being hurt in the first drive of the final game of his college career could have easily torn his world apart, but he clung to his faith instead. As I watched his interview I couldn't help but wonder if I would have responded the same way to an event like this. I would like to think that I would, but to be honest I may have just freaked out.

I was listening to WayFM this morning and Brandt made an excellent point. He was talking about athletes and how critics point out that God is always thanked for a win, but where is our God when a team loses? Why doesn't a player bring up God for a loss? Colt was a great witness for Christ last night. There is a website called I am Second that is filled with actors, athletes, musicians, etc. that share their love for the Lord. This is an amazing site and if you have a free moment I highly recommended checking it out.

God definitely works in mysterious ways, but his timing is impeccable and His ways are not our ways. Praise be to Him.

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