The Athens Review
On any given night, anything can happen on the field in a sporting event.
That is what makes sports entertaining.
That is what makes reporting them crazy.
For instance, when I was the sports editor for the Waxahachie Daily Light, my brother was scheduled to graduate college the same night Waxahachie High was to play against Mesquite Poteet in the district finale.
Poteet entered the contest on a 59-game win streak in district play, including a victory over Hachie earlier in the season.
On paper, Poteet was the clear favorite as the Pirates had already locked up the district title.
However, when you cross those railroad tracks and enter Richards Park, anything can happen.
Waxahachie topped Poteet, 4-3, to snap the state's longest running streak of district wins at the time.
I missed the game.
Yes, I had a reporter there.
Yes, I did the right thing by attending my brother's college graduation.
But wow, what a game.
In sports, victory is never a sure thing.
Countless No. 1 seeds have been bounced in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament, while top seeds in every sport tend to let their fan base down year-after-year in the playoffs.
The Texas Rangers were one strike away from winning the World Series, only to see something so simple be so hard to accomplish.
We face a tougher battle.
Day-in and day-out we are faced with circumstances that bring us down. Circumstances that can defeat us.
With great joy comes times of great trial, but victory is never in doubt.
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain,” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58, NIV.
When we surrender to God, proclaiming him as Lord, we have the victory.
The victory is ours no matter how we feel, what the situation looks like or the obstacles ahead.
Trailing 10-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning does not give a baseball team much hope of coming back. In the life of a believer, we can come back from insurmountable odds, because the victory is ours. But we must believe.
The keys have been given to us. We can unlock any door. But we must act. We must claim the victory that has been presented to us.
Are you chained by depression? Alcohol? Selfishness? Cancer?
The victory is yours. Claim it.
My wife faced her first battle with cancer when she was 26-years-old. Two years later it was back.
We never gave up. We always believed God had a plan for our lives, for her life.
Together we battled through the adversity, the feelings and the uncertainty of the future.
Now, we have a perfectly-healthy baby girl who we never dreamed would exist just a few years ago.
Victory is yours. It is not in doubt.
If you trust in Jesus Christ as Lord, you have victory – end of story.
The next time you face a tough situation, take a page from the cheerleaders......
Grab that V,
Now dot that I,
And grab that c-t-o-r-y
Chad Wilson is Editor of the Athens Daily Review. You can e-mail him through firstname.lastname@example.org