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Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:11-12

Good morning! Go Hawks!

Born and bred in Seattle, it’s hard for me not to be on a high the morning after such an incredibly difficult, hard-won victory. This town is crazy for our Hawks. You know, the 12th man is reknowned for consistently being the loudest crowd in the NFL?

I have to admit: yesterday’s game was hard for me to watch. Through all of our personal ups and downs, I have lost my ability to handle suspense in situations like football games. I check out mentally, remove myself, and start doing dishes in my sister-in-law’s kitchen.

Jack nods knowingly as I slip away, because even when we’re at the movies now, I’ve been known to pull out my phone and google the ending of the movie. It is such a relief to me that in a movie, I can google the ending and relax into enjoyment once I know who will live, die, win, or lose.

There was no google option yesterday afternoon.

But even if I was upstairs doing the dishes, our Seahawks remained UNDETERRED. It didn’t matter to @Russell Wilson that he had thrown FOUR interceptions, that the score was 19-7 Packers. He believed with his entire being that he was going to win that game. He said to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times yesterday,

That was the first thing I told Kearse after that last interception. I said, hey, we’re going to win this game. I’m going to keep coming back to you and we’re going to find a way to win the game, and that’s what we were able to do.

And I wonder at the humility and courage and faith it takes to keep believing in a dream when it was your mistakes, your four interceptions, your team’s faltering that have painted you into a corner? Because how many times do I make a mistake, and it is my pride and self-obsession that just keeps me from moving forward? It is my own head that fixes on the past, nails me to one moment’s error, instead of letting what is done be done, and moving onto what God has for me in the very next play of my game.

When Ryan Divish asks Russell,

How were you able to transcend your mistakes and keep it going?

Russell answers,

I don’t think I really ever get down on myself because I think I know I put the work in. If I didn’t put the work in, if I didn’t get ready, if I didn’t visualize the success, if I didn’t visualize my teammates making the play, then I would get down, but I’ve also been through a lot in my life and I think about all the things my dad has taught me and just how to persevere, I think that’s what leads me to continue to believe. Like I said, God giving me the opportunity to play the great game of football, the game that I love, and just to be around amazing people that believe in me and I believe in them and we believe in each other. That’s why I don’t give up.

We all have a game to play, suspenseful stories in which we can’t google the ending, impossible situations that we have to fight through one play at a time. We all make mistakes–lots of them!–and we all know what it feels like to be running out of time. But if the Seahawks can teach us anything about this life of faith, it’s this: never stop believing and keep engaging this life, one play at a time. Don’t look back. Trust God, trust your teammates, trust all that God has brought you through to prepare you for this moment.

You only need one perfect touchdown pass to turn it around, no matter how many interceptions you’ve thrown.

I found this quote on Holly Gerth‘s website, Coffee for Your heart, this morning and thought it fit perfectly:

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Keep me running, keep me trusting. Help me to believe more in Your plan, Lord, than in my meager attempts to fulfill it.

Amen, and GO HAWKS!