Game 2 of the NBA Finals came down to a last second shot in regulation that would have won the game for the Orlando Magic, tying their series with the Lakers at one game a piece. However, the last second, point blank shot bounced off the rim and the game went into overtime. Los Angeles went on to win the game and take a two games to none lead. I can almost guarantee that the player who missed that last shot had a tough time forgetting that he missed the game winner. Chances are, he will keep revisiting that shot until tip off of the next game. If he’s a tough player, he’ll have to let that missed opportunity go, so he can ready to play the next game. If he steps on the court still thinking about that botched layup, it will adversely affect the way he competes in the current game.
What do you do when you miss it? Do you beat yourself up over and over again and just withdraw for a while until you can “get yourself together?” Here’s a breaking news story, “Everybody misses it.” The good news is God already knew what you would do, so he had a prepaid plan already in place. Jesus paid for your missing the mark and your missed opportunities because of your disobedience. He is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. What we should do is to take steps to ensure we don’t make the same mistake again. How can I avoid even being in the situation? What can I do to prepare for the next time I am faced with the same scenario? Just like the NBA player who watches film to see what he could have done differently, instead of just replaying the missed shot over and over. How was my body alignment? Did I look away from the goal at the last minute? Did I follow through? It’s all how you look at it.
Yes, we all make mistakes, and sometimes we make “on purpose” wrong steps. Unlike the Finals, there’s no limit of games. As long as we are alive, we have the opportunity to get it right. Furthermore, we have the Father’s eyes, the Holy Spirit’s guide, and the Son’s name backing us up.
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