Mad Enough To Win

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Are you mad enough to win?  All of the great greats and super superstars in sports know that in order to win at the highest level, you have to get mad enough to win.

Richard Sherman is mad enough to win.  Sherman has eight interceptions, which ties his total from last season and leads the NFL. Many of Sherman’s biggest plays have come in decisive moments. And most of the time it seems that Sherman is playing angry, with a chip on his shoulder and with something to prove.

Anger has a purpose. It fuels the fire of our passion and can drive the demons of doubt and despair down the drain. Anger, like any emotion, is functional. The purpose of anger is to identify violations to our well-being.  After anger identifies a violation of our well-being, it can then bring empowering energy for an appropriate expressive response.

When we realize and recognize wrong, anger should kick in. When we see and sense that our opponent is a fierce fiend, anger should kick in.  When we are countered and contested, anger should register and resonate to the point that we will not tolerate being down or deflated or dejected or defeated any more.

God gets angry, and for good reason. “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11). God hates evil, and we should too. God hates injustice, and we should too. God hates badness and blackness and sickness and sadness, and we should too.

So, in order to defeat our enemy, we need to get angry. But be careful; we are to “Be ye angry, and sin not” (Ephesians  4:26). That means our anger has a positive purpose, and not a single, solitary negative notion.

Jesus, our coach and consultant, was angry.  “And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart.” Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave because he was angry with the side –effects of sin. And we should be too.

And so the next time you feel down and get depressed or dejected or despondent — get mad. Get mad at the situation and get mad enough to do something positive about it.  Do like Richard Sherman and intercept the attempts of the enemy to defeat you. Just get down-right junkyard dog mad. 

Get mad enough to win.

Potential: The Kiss of Death

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The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots: Potentially the Best Super Bowl, Ever?

The Seattle Seahawks are a dynasty in the making.  At the start of the 2013 season, BEFORE they won the Super Bowl, Sports Illustrated crowed them “The New Kings.” The New England Patriots, on the other hand, well, they’re won 3 Super Bowls (2002, 2004, and 2005), and so they’re more of a perennial power than a dynamic dynasty. And while it’s nowhere written that you have to win back-to-back championships to be a dynasty, let’s just say it’s an unwritten rule. The caveat, of course, is that both teams must make it out of the AFC and NFC Championship Games.

The Seattle Seahawks have the potential and promise, the possibility and probability to be a great, grand, potent football power for years to come. Or at the least, they have the chance and the chutzpah to cement that seal this season.   

The Seattle Seahawks have what we all have: drive, determination and demonstration of the  dynamism to pull off what was expected at the beginning of our seasons but almost got lost in the shuffle along the way. Superstars Russell Wilson and Luke Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, and Richard Sherman lost to the Cowboys on October 12th, and after the loss to the Rams, the defending champs were 3-3; not necessarily the fantastic form displayed the year before. But they again realized they had potential.

We all have potential. And for some that could be the kiss of death. The motley crew and distinct and disparate band of brothers called the Seahawks are as contrasting as the come. Yet and still they’ve learned how to put ego aside and pull their pugnacious pride together.   Yes, together. If we as individuals and collectively as the congregation of Christ can coral our collective confidence, there is nothing we can’t do for the glory of God.

Potentially, the devil can’t stop us, and the world can’t beat us. Potentially.  We can only beat ourselves.  When a player is said to have “potential,” it means that he or she hasn’t quite lived up to the hype and the hopes of those who see pregnant possibilities in them. And Unfulfilled expectations and anticipations is a terrible thing.

On the contrary, let’s realize our own individual potential, as well as the potential we have as the combined, coalesced and cohesive Body of Christ.  Spiritually speaking, let’s swing the swagger that champions like Seattle and New England (with an honorable mention to the Packers) have.

So let’s take the promises of God, which are a certainty, and make them our reality. Let’s realize our possibilities, and make them inevitabilities. Let’s make our potential experiential.