Trust-it’s a simple word, but a sometimes complex concept. In sports and in life we see many scenarios where trust is the key issue between winning and losing:
- The Red Sox were on the verge of beating their bitter rivals the New York Yankees in Game 7 of their series. With the game on the line, their manager chose to leave their “star” pitcher in despite his showing signs of fatigue, and having seen a stellar performance by their bullpen in previous games. The Red Sox ended up losing the game 6-5 in extra innings.
- The New England Patriots were losing to the Denver Broncos late in the 4th quarter. The Patriots were pinned deep in their own territory. Instead of punting the ball, they chose to take an unconventional route. They let the Broncos have a safety. They trusted their defense to stop the Broncos and get the ball back. Their defense stopped the Broncos; the Patriots got the ball back, marched down the field and won the game.
- Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time would not have been able to help the Chicago Bulls win as many championships if he didn’t exhibit trust in his teammates. When Jordan got double or triple teamed, his jump shooting teammates such as John Paxson and Steve Kerr became instrumental in winning games.
In our personal lives we are often faced with challenges. Sometimes they may seem too great for us to overcome individually. It is at these times particularly when we need to have the confidence and the courage to trust the teammates which we have been given here on earth. Some of our teammates may include parents, friends, or co-workers. These teammates know us well and have our best interests in mind. Often they receive inspiration that can guide us through our darkest tempests.
We need to realize that, despite our failures, perfection is an ongoing process. As we develop a deeper trust in God, our motivation to improve both ours and teammates lives will increase. Victory will be ours!
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