Thank God For Overtime!

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Thank God for overtime!

For some reason and in some fashion wins won in overtime –OT – are bigger than those won in regulation.  For some reason or another, overtime wins are more satisfying, more pleasing and more rewarding than those won long before the clock ticks down to triple zero. For some reason, we celebrate longer and scream louder after an overtime win.

Overtime wins require a little more than a regular win.  The first extra ingredient is a sense of urgency. The Washington Redskins defeated the San Diego Chargers 30-24 in one of the most thrilling overtime games I’ve ever seen.  Getting to overtime was huge, and winning in overtime was even bigger.

Washington’s players knew how important the game was, and because of that, they appeared to play with a greater sense of urgency. The game obviously wasn’t perfect, but there were instances where guys had a little something extra (whether in the form of effort or concentration), where the ball bounced the right way, and that translated into positive plays.  

Mistakes could have killed them, and then blowing a 10 point fourth-quarter lead could have absolutely put the nails in the season’s coffin.  Two blocked field goals — especially one on a 25-yard attempt after a 92-yard drive – and a pass deflected for an interception in the end zone could’ve proven demoralizing for this team. But thank God for overtime. The Redskins shook off those gaffes and continued battling.

Overtime wins require and provide a rallying point — something to look back on and to point to. The Redskins have been looking for something to jump-start their season, but thus far have come up short.  You never know what this victory could wind up doing for the team, however. Sometimes it takes a  special performance to rally the troops and get things going in the right direction. This overtime win was that kind of game. “It was definitely a character-building experience,” said one of the players.  If the season is saved, this overtime win may in fact prove to be the provided rallying point.

Overtime wins require a little more than a regular win. A goal line stand at the end of the 4th quarter forcing the Chargers to kick a game-tie-ing field goal instead of scoring the game wining, go-ahead touchdown was the required rallying point. The defense denying the Chargers at the goal line, and then fueling the offense on a game-winning drive in overtime certainly was monumental. Could it wind up sparking the team onto something more? We won’t know for sure for a little while, but if this team does go on a run, weeks from now, they’ll be able to point back to this game, this win, in overtime.

We as Christians need to live with a sense of urgency.  And all believers need rallying points.  Truth be told, we are living on borrowed time – overtime. We are playing in extra innings and we don’t deserve to.  We should have lost in regulation. We should have paid for all of those mistakes and gone down with that last punch.

But thank God for overtime! Thank God for Grace! Overtime is Grace-time. Grace-time is time we ought not to have; grace-time is another chance we don’t merit; grace-time is a new beginning we don’t deserve. Thank God for the Cross! The Cross of Calvary is our rallying point. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross . . .

Thank God for Overtime!


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