Don’t Beat Yourself

RGIII Vikings Loss 11.6.13

I like RGIII. I do; I really do. He’s athletic, affable, and articulate. He’s the kind of player you can root for, no matter who “your” team is. That being said, I don’t like the Redskins. I don’t.  For one thing, they (the Redskins) expect RGIII to put them on his back and carry them to the Promised Land. Aint gona’ happen.  Why? Because the Redskins keep beating themselves.

The Redskins led Denver by 14 points late in the third quarter and lost. They led San Diego by 10 points in the fourth quarter and needed a goal-line stand to force overtime. And they blew a 13-point lead against Minnesota. Don’t beat yourself.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder went 17 for 21 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. On the other hand, Griffin was 24 for 37 for 281 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers and the Redskins led 27-14 early in the third quarter. He also ran seven times for 44 yards.  In other words, the Redskins lead the Vikings in nearly every statistical category except one: the final score. The Redskins won the battles but lost the war.  Don’t beat yourself.

And to top it all off, when they were out of time-outs, Griffin ran for 12 yards on fourth-and-1 at his own 49 right after the 2-minute warning. On fourth-and-goal with 32 seconds left, his throw to the corner of the end zone was caught by Santana Moss with only one foot in bounds.  Unbelievable. They snatched defeat right out of the hands of victory. Isn’t that supposed to be the other way around?

So, my message to RGIII and to the rest of us when we find ourselves in similar circumstances is this: don’t beat yourself.

At one point in his life, Peter was beating himself. He was cold-blooded and hot-headed. He’d cut you off and do you in, just for something to do. Peter was the kind of guy who couldn’t win for losin’; he just couldn’t get out of his own way.  Spiritually speaking, he had audacity and tenacity, yet he lacked veracity. When asked if he knew Jesus, he lied.  When asked if he would deny Jesus, he went too far.  He spoke too soon and moved too fast. In the Garden of Gethsemane, he unwisely tried to defend Jesus and in the process cut off a soldier’s ear.  Then, to top it all off, AFTER Jesus rose from the dead, Peter said, “I’m going back to fishing.”  Peter was beating himself.

But thank God for Jesus. Jesus was on Peter’s side.  Jesus reassured Peter, comforted Peter, and gave him another chance.  And Jesus always reassures us, and comforts us when we’re down and gives us another chance.  The world and the devil are forever trying to beat us up and tear us down. Don’t let them. Lean on the everlasting Arms, and encourage yourself in the Lord.  

Hang in there. Be patient; things will work out.  Hang (on) in there. Continue to try even though it’s hard and rough and tough.  Even though life and living can be very difficult at times, you can win when you have Jesus on your side. So don’t beat yourself. 

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