Kissed Your Sister Lately?

USA-tie

Kissing your sister is an expression used to describe when there’s a lack of joy, pleasure or passion in doing something. (True enough if you were ‘kissin’ your sister”–blechhh!) If an experience was dull and unexciting, someone might say “yea, it was l like kissing my sister.” And the expression can be used to describe almost anything that was dull, lifeless, boring that someone would not want to repeat doing. In sports, the latter meaning works best.

Sometimes you just have to be thankful you got what you got, because sometimes you just get what you get. And other times you have to be acknowledge that what you got is what you’re going to get. A tie is akin to kissing your sister. That’s all we got. And that’s what we get. That’s what the US Soccer Team ended up with after Portugal’s best player, held in check for 90 minutes during regulation and for 4½ of the 5 minutes of Stoppage Time, placed a picture perfect pass on the head of his teammate as he headed in the equalizer. Unbelievable.

Sometimes you just have to take what you can get. It’s not what you want, but it’s what you got. Sounds like many a Christmas present I got as a kid and some as an adult. And spiritually, life has a way of dishing out some unwanted and unsolicited gifts that come out of nowhere or drop like anvils from the sky. And so we need to learn to count our blessings, because it could be worse. So we thank God until it gets better.

Sometimes you just have to move on. And after a tie with Portugal, that’s exactly what the US Team will do in these 2014 World Cup Games. A win would have been unprecedented and unparalleled in US Soccer history, so we were obviously all excited as the US was up 2-1 in Added time, only to watch Portugal’s soccer phenom do what he does best – break the hearts of the other team, and their fans as well. Go figure.

So cheer up. The Bible tells us to “Be of good cheer.” It’s not over. Whatever your condition or position, whatever your situation or circumstance, whatever your post or place, don’t fret. It’s not over. So let’s just face it – sometimes we need to stop our whining and crying and moaning and groaning and pouting and shouting and just move on. And that’s what the US team will do. A tie, even though it’s akin to kissing your sister, is not the end of the world. The US men’s team will play Germany and hopefully at least kiss their little sister one more time.

We can only hope.

You’ve Gotta’ Believe!

USAvPortugal in World Cup

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. Ecclesiastes 9:11, New Living Translation

I’m watching the USA / Portugal World Cup Match and the US is down 1 Nil early in the 1st half. The US made a bad mistake, didn’t clear the ball, and Portugal got a cheap goal to take an early lead. I’m not a soccer, I mean “Football” fan, but I am a sports fan. And I know, or at least I think I know sports.

I know that time of possession is big in any sport, and in this match, the US is having trouble holding onto the ball. That one will preach. I also know that the US was being passive, and not aggressive, and I know that the facts figured against the US, as they’ve lost every match when they fall behind early. But you’ve gotta’ believe.

I know that “the race is not given to the swift nor the battle to the strong . . . but time and chance happeneth to them all.” After a slow start, the US has had numerous shots on goal, some going wide, some going high, and some falling short of the goal. But the way they’re playing now, by pressing and pushing and persisting, I believe. I believe that the US CAN win. However, it’s another thing altogether to believe that the US is GOING to win.

I don’t believe in chance, I believe in Providence. No, God does not choose sides in sports, but I do believe that thing called faith figures formidably in the outcome of games and looms large in consequence of contests. The New Living Versions may say it best: “it’s all decided by being in the right place at the right time.”

So you gotta’ believe. It’s a wonder to me that more people don’t believe in God, especially those who are waving those “WE BELIEVE” signs at this match and at games and contests the world over. It’s about who wants it more. That’s what I believe. And to want it more you have to believe.

I’ve come to know that the theistic arguments for the existence of God give us the noun “Faith.” The noun or “thing” of faith includes “the fact of God, the meaning of God, and the purpose of God.” These three combine to form the crux of the theistic argument for the existence of God, and give faith, the noun, a reason to become faith, the verb. Thus the noun, or “thing” of faith, while in contrast to the verb or “Act of faith,” in order to be active and activated, must be combined with this “Act” of faith in order to be realized and real.

So do you believe? In the ability for the USA to win and advance? In the ability of God to work common and every day miracles, and uncommon and extraordinary wonders in your life? Win or lose, come what may, you’ve gotta’ believe.