Winning is nice, isn’t it? People say nice things about us when we win something whether it is an individual achievement or some kind of team effort. What about when we go to a sporting event? It’s much nicer when the team we’re pulling for wins their game. Doesn’t it make the drive home better when we can talk about all the things that happened during the game which led to the win? Everyone in the car is in a good mood, and things just feel positive.
That was my experience last night. My son’s baseball team won their second tournament game. It hasn’t been the best season. In fact, we came into the tournament as the number eight seed. But, the team won their first game on Sunday, and they won last night! The boys were so excited! So were the coaches. In fact, there could have been a contest as to who was more excited–my husband, who is one of the coaches, or our son. It might have ended up being a tie. 🙂 It was neat to see them so excited, and it certainly made the journey home more pleasant. Hearing them talk about the experiences from this game and the possibilities when they play the next game more than made up for everything that has happened this season.
I wouldn’t have traded last night for anything–seeing my people excited and happy was great! But, I feel the need now to pull this into today’s devotion topic. First, let me finish today’s post title. God still loves us even when we fail. Yes, it’s true. He still loves us. It’s taken me awhile to realize this. Having parents who pushed me to do my best, but feeling like a nobody when I inevitably failed was not a good path to knowing God loved me no matter what. I know better now especially from today’s Bible verse. 1 John 3:1 says this, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are.”
We are loved, amazingly and completely, by our Father. Knowing it for a fact though doesn’t make those losing conversations any less unpleasant. It’s the tension for us believers of living in the world and also looking forward to our forever home in heaven. In fact, thinking of winning and losing in these terms helps me to understand the tension between the now and not yet of our faith that my pastor talks about often. I guess I am actually learning something from his teaching. 🙂
This is also what makes the words of the author valuable to me. “Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Trying something new makes you brave.” (100 Days to Brave, Annie F. Downs) And then, there are these words which are even more valuable. “Brave people have courage because they know God loves them no matter what.” (100 Days to Brave, Annie F. Downs) I started this blog series because I wanted to learn and cement this in my head as well as my heart. I suspect many of you do too. We are not failures even if we fail at something. God’s love is with us still. It is always with us even when others withhold their love. Praying that we all can remember this (me included) in the tension of the now and the not yet of our faith and that we can learn to have a heart like His as we share this love with others!
Praying God’s blessings on you all today!