Because I grew up with three older brothers you’d think I’d be very interested in sports…but I’m not. I know some of the basic rules for football and basketball and baseball, but for some reason I never became an avid fan.
That’s why I was a little surprised when last Sunday’s Super Bowl game had such an impact on me.
As I thought about it, what really captured my attention was not the final score or even the action on the field – but the sheer determination to win. A focus that became so intense it was unexplainable and unbeatable.
Here’s what I observed – and since I’m not a sports aficionado, I will probably get some of the details and terminology wrong. But what I saw has far greater impact than any numbers on a scoreboard.
All I know is that one team was winning by a whole lot with only a few minutes left in the game. It seemed obvious to everyone who the winner would be. There was a HUGE point difference and it seemed insurmountable.
Then something changed. Somehow, some way, the losing team dug deep inside themselves and found a strength that kept them moving forward – one yard at a time, one play at a time, one touchdown at a time.
They refused to give up!!!
Even when most people around them did give up – even some of their fans – they refused to throw in the towel. The losing team found courage, confidence and belief in themselves and their teammates. They found a way to chip away at that score, and in just a few minutes they crossed that finish line – champions.
Impressive —Very Impressive!
The power of not giving up, of believing in yourself, of giving it one more try. I can’t even begin to imagine what we can accomplish with that type of determination.