Friday's game was a tough one. I can offer up many excuses for why Christen's team lost and all of them would be valid, but would not change the end result.
I guess the sting of loss wouldn't be so painful if things would have been.... (And I'm trying to think of a way to say this w/out it sounding like an excuse) fair.
I keep thinking back to the plays that I saw and the calls that should have been made, and I've talked to other spectators and it's the conclusion we've all come to.
But, there can be lessons the girls should learn from this loss. And below are some I think are important:
• Life is not fair. Things happen that shouldn't and even though you play by the rules, you still may lose to others who don't play by the rules. You should be proud that you don't have to play dirty to win. And truthfully, you should pray for those girls whose coaches and parents applaud and encourage cheating. Those girls need our prayers.
• Just because you easily beat them once, doesn't mean you'll always beat them. Never come onto the field and assume you are good enough to beat the other team without trying. Obviously, they learned something from their loss to us in the last game. Stay on your game.
• Make sure you learn something from the loss. A true winner has lost... a lot. Losses make you stronger as long as you learn from them.
• Turn the hurt and disappointment of this loss into the drive you need to come back stronger than ever.
Over and over in the Bible, you see greatness come after painful losses. The most important one being the pain Jesus had to endure to give us eternal life. Of course, a soccer game cannot even begin to compare what Jesus gave up for us. But just knowing that even though we have to endure the darkness, the light will come in the morning.
Trust in Jesus, girls. Put all your faith in Him and give Him all the glory for every win and every lesson learned in losses. And with this faith, no matter what your standings are at the end of the season, you will be a winner.