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This week’s football lesson is in honor of those who overcome the obstacles. Who keep getting up when knocked down. Who persevere despite the problems.

Football players have to be tough both mentally and physically. They are constantly shoved around or tackled to the ground. Forward progress is stopped by a strong defense. Or a mistake. Or a penalty. They continue to play no matter if they are outsized or outscored. Even the weather can conspire against them with wind, driving rain, or freezing drizzle.

A year ago tonight, my husband’s team played in such a game. Our opponent was bigger, stronger, and faster than us at every position. They stifled our offense and ran away with the game, scoring at will until the “mercy rule” took effect with a running clock. Did I mention it was raining sheets of water – sideways – for the entire game?

Yet, I was so proud of our team and coaches. They never gave up. They left everything they had out there on the field. They slogged off the turf with heads held high, despite the tears in their eyes. And, paid the price during the off season to prepare for tonight’s rematch.

What about life? Obstacles and failure are as much a part of life as tackles and fumbles exist in football. The key is what you do next. Will you buckle under the pressure or continue to pursue your dream? If you need more inspiration, watch this U-Tube video from BlueFish TV about Famous Failures. (Warning – bring a tissue)

When you face opposition, do you give in? Or do you persevere?

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4 thoughts on “Football Friday – Perseverance

  • September 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm
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    >I like your post! It's funny because I've already commented about perseverance today (it wasn't the theme on the blog, but it was in answer to a question). I think writing has made me stronger in that department. I suppose dreams do that to people. When it's something you know is right and something you want to go after at any cost, then it's easier to persevere. Have a great weekend!

  • September 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm
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    >If it's an important goal or duty in my life, I persevere. But sometimes I'm fickle and switch from one interest to another, causing me to be a jack of all trades, master of none. Actually, I have mastered quite a few things, thankfully. 🙂
    Nice video featured in your post.

  • September 21, 2009 at 8:27 pm
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    >Little did I know how timely this post would be since I'd scheduled it in advance to post while I was at the ACFW Conference.

    I had appointments with an editor and an agent. Both pointed out things to work on. Neither asked for any pages. Disappointed? Yeah.

    But, I'm moving on and growing stronger.

    And, this year's rematch game? We lost again by a score of 48-18. Aside from a 10-minute lapse in the 3rd quarter, our team gave them quite a battle. We've all grown through the struggle.

  • September 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm
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    >I'm sorry your meeting with the agent and editor did not produce the results you were hoping for.

    I have a manuscript that is "on hold." I suppose I'll get back to seeking an agent some day. I know that doesn't sound very ambitious, but I'm having fun with reading and writing blogs, and that is fulfilling my writing passion.

    If you need to stay with it, then by all means, stay with it!

    Blessings.

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