What does football have to do with it? :)
I was thinking of something the other night. We started back with Friday night lights Flag Football with Lucas. Our team is pretty strong but we lost. The game was 8-6 for a long time. During the last minute of the game, the other team threw a long pass and our team didn't defend our territory. Instead, our player tried to catch the ball rather than hold his ground and not let the other team get behind him. The opponent who caught the ball had a clear path to a winning touchdown.
It made me think of how often we are like this in life. We are focused on the wrong thing and meanwhile the enemy is gaining ground. We might be thinking that "if only" I could just get enough money in the bank, "if only" I could lose weight I'd feel good about myself, "if only" my kids/spouse/friend would start acting differently, I'd have peace.....you get what I'm saying, right?
If we focused on what God has given us as our main tool to use in all areas of our life, defending our territory with the Word of God, then HE can give us what we need and what will be effective at "winning" in life. I know the metaphor is maybe a little odd, but to me it makes a lot of sense. We want to go for the "big glory" but in so doing, we end up losing sight of what God asked us to do. When we apply God's Word, pray and ask for His direction and keep our eyes wide open for the tactics of the opponent, we will know how best to react, act and make big strides in life.
No matter what area of life we are struggling with, God has the answer. Don't be distracted by what seems to be the most obvious way to "win." Go to Him, let Him guide and defend your territory!
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13
P.S. by the way, no offense to the kid on the other team :) You are not our enemy, but the metaphor just made sense :) God bless you and good job winning that game...even if it was against us! :)