Today I watched my University of Maryland Terrapins play the Michigan State Wolverines on national television. To my joy and surprise, the unranked Terps jumped out to an 8-0 lead forcing beleaguered Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo to call an early timeout. It looked good for my Terps the entire first half as they had ’em on their heels for a full twenty minutes. Maryland went to the locker room with 13 point lead as they lead 37 – 24 over No. 6 Michigan State at intermission.
And that’s when the bottom fell out.
Young teams generally struggle to hold big leads. They know how to get leads, but they don’t know how to keep them. And such was the case with Maryland today.
So let’s learn another life lesson. Don’t blow the lead. Don’t spend every dime you make. Or worse yet, don’t spend money you don’t have. Better still, saving money is better than spending it. You never know when a rainy day will come. Fight to keep what meager cushion you sit on and hold on to what you have with dear life.
So don’t blow the lead. Don’t get careless and live carefree just because things are gong well right now. Protect your investments, your interests and the ones you love. Because there is an enemy that would love to derail you and ultimately destroy you if you don’t protect the lead.
The Terps won’t be going to the Big Dance if they continue to play like they did today. Like some of us, they fumbled and floundered away opportunity after opportunity until the joy they started with was gone. So don’t blow the lead. God has been too good to us for us to squander away what He has given us. Let’s hold onto our faith and build up our hope on things eternal and love like there’s no tomorrow.
We’ve come too far to turn back now. So don’t turn back or go back or inadvertently give back the blessings bestowed upon you. The the victory has already been won. We just need to hold on.