I usually do not watch soccer, but I found myself glued to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match between Brazil and the United States yesterday. It was one of the best finishes I have seen in professional sports over the course of my lifetime. We all know by now the great pass that Megan Rapinoe put into the box for Abby Wambach to score in the final seconds to force the game into penalty kicks. The USA went on to win the game and teach America something in the process.
They taught us to never give up and always finish what we started. The USA got a goal right out of the gate in the first two minutes. In the second half, they faced sheer adversity having to play ten men down and then having call after call go against them in the final half of the game. However, that did not stop the Americans from taking the ball at the 121st minute and running down the pitch for the game winning goal.
As Christians, we need to stay focused on the ultimate prize of going to our Father in heaven. When Paul was writing his epistle, he reminded the Corinthians to continue what they started. “So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.” (2 Corinthians 8:11).
Think about this: In our journey to doing God’s will, can we just give up just because the odds might not be going in our favor? Absolutely not! That is a situation in which we need to go to our Almighty Creator for strength and guidance to carry out the mission that He has planned for us.
You can also take a look at Hebrews 12:1 as a model for persevering in the faith. “and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”. The USA women showed this model by going at goal time and time again rather than concede the game and say they got robbed by the referees.
I exhort you to stay persistent on your path to seek God and even when the odds are stacked up against you, just remember you have a Father in Heaven who is your Advocate and will be with you in times of trouble. Whether we are near the goal or far away, keep running the race!