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Life's Ripples from Broad Ripple United Methodist Church by Rev. Timothy Rasmussen
posted: Mar. 05, 2010
Did you watch the Super Bowl? I'm sure that most of you did so it's kind of a silly question. However, according to the polls there were more people in Washington D.C. watching the game than there was in Indianapolis. Of course one has to take into account that D.C. had a blizzard around that time, and Congress wasn't in session so there wasn't a lot of entertainment going on there.
We here in Indy were so sure that our Colts were going to win it. We could not even conceive of a loss because they were on top of their game. Isn't life like that for the rest of us as well? Sometimes we feel there is no way we can lose, and before we know it we're knocked to the ground. Other times we're sure there is no way we're going to succeed in a situation and we end up on top of our game.
This up and down cycle of life happens to everyone at some point or another. The thing to remember is that when you're knocked down don't get so caught up in your circumstances that you forget the times when success was yours. No one is on top of their game all the time. Not the Colts, and not you either. You'll notice one thing about the Colts though, they keep playing the game believing that the next Super Bowl is theirs. Keep in the game regardless of how hard the play is sometimes. You'll discover the joy of winning and the strength that comes from losing. The real lesson comes when you discover which one of those is more important.
Tim has been a United Methodist Pastor since 1973 and has been at Broad Ripple United Methodist since 2003. Email your questions/comments to tim@BroadRippleGazette.com