Don’t fumble your self image

February 6, 2014



One day the world wanted to shake his hand, and the next day they could only shake their heads.  I don’t think I have ever seen a sports figure go from celebrated to scorned as quickly as Peyton Manning did after the Super Bowl Game.  I am not a football fan, but I did watch some of the Sunday night game, mainly for the food.  And from my ignorant perspective, it seemed that Peyton went downhill right after blowing it on the first play.  It wasn’t that he became less of a player, but almost as if he started seeing himself as less of a player. 
Peyton Manning is a five time MVP in the game, and yet after that first mistake he didn’t seem to play like a MVP.  Instead, it seemed as if he defined himself by that one play. 

How often do we define ourselves by a mistake that we make in our lives? We all blow it, that’s reality.  But instead of allowing that to be the defining moment or our lives we need to see it as an anomaly and get on with the game.  We all believe that Jesus can forgive us when we blow it, the bigger question is:  Can we forgive ourselves?    Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.