Tom Brady can win sitting down, because he makes winning look easy.
The New England Patriots are the New York Yankees of football. That statement in and of itself should raise rancor and rile the rank and file of sports fans everywhere. But it’s a true statement, nonetheless.
The New England Patriots are the team everyone loves to hate. And Tom Brady, much like Derek Jeter of those hated New York Yankees, is one player who wants to win and hates to lose. And we love and hate that about him. It seems that he will do anything, I mean ANYHTING, to secure a “W” — which brings us to yesterday’s game.
The Pats beat the Baltimore Ravens 35-31 in a 2015 AFC Divisional Playoff game, and in so doing they made it look easy. Twice they were down by 14 points, only to comeback both times and tie the game and then go on to win it. And in so doing they made it look easy. How, you ask? While it didn’t look like it was going to happen at first, Brady wasn’t worried about the how. He just knew the what, and the what was this: they were wily wanton to win.
You may not like Tom Brady or Bill Belichick, but there’s no denying their place in football history. Under Belichick and Brady, the Pats have been to 5 Super Bowls; they’ve won 3 and lost 2. Not too shabby. By comparison, 14 teams have never won a Super Bowl, and 4 teams, including the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans have never even been to a Super Bowl.
And so how does Brady make it look easy? At one point, Joe Flacco, the Ravens QB was making it look easy. He marched his team right down the field on the opening drive of the game and made it look like a walk in the park. The Ravens scored on their very next possession and Patriots nation at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass was numbed dumb; you could hear a pin drop in that place. But that’s when Brady staged yet another comeback and in the process, made it look easy.
So how can we as Christians live this Christian life and make it look easy? Not by being wily or wanton but by being the best at what we do. And that’s trusting in the Almighty God for everything. Granted sometimes it’s NOT easy, but we can make it look easy by doing the following things:
- Don’t panic
- Don’t stress
- Stay calm
- Stay focused
- And, to borrow a page from Aaron Rodgers’ playbook: RELAX!
So we can make it look easy. We can have peace in the midst of the storm. This means we need to understand the “how” of faith, because by faith we understand. If we trust and never doubt, He will surely bring us out. We need to trust God for what, and leave the how to Him.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation