Last Thursday, our school participated in their first ever league game. The girls’ played volleyball while the boys’ played soccer. For weeks these young people have been practicing. Some were even practicing under our nice “cool” Arizona weather! They have been looking forward to these games since the middle of the summer.
As the games began, both teams did a great job. They stayed with it, remembered their training, and kept the games close. Unfortunately, as the game wore on, our teams’ inexperience began to show. One young man said, “The wagon wheels just fell off!” He obviously wasn’t too pleased with their performance as both the GBA Lions and Lady Lions began the season 0-1.
After the game, I tried to encourage the players to keep their head up. I told them that they had played a good game and that they had 11 more games to look forward to. One of the students came up to me and said, “Mr. Zarate, with all the hard work we’ve done, losing stinks! Will all the training and drilling ever pay off?”
I thought about that and wondered how many times as we find ourselves, in the heat of spiritual warfare, ask others or maybe even ask the Lord, “Will it ever pay off?” Friend, can I encourage you to read the back of the Book? We’ve already won! We now have the victory in Christ. Claim it and don’t give place to the Devil.
I looked at the young athlete, placed my arms on their shoulder, looking them in the eye and emphatically said, “Yes. As a matter of fact it already has!” As the songwriter said, “Don’t be dismayed what’er betide, God will take care of you.” After all the Bible did say, “Be not weary in well doing; for in due season ye shall reap, if ye faint not.