Going for the Long Game!
I talk with my brother, Steve at least twice each day. We talk in the morning and usually around 7 PM. The creativity of Steve never ceases to amaze me. This morning he told me that he was going for the “Long-Game.” Because I watched several football games last night, I thought Steve was talking about a passing game, and throwing the long ball, but he said no, he was thinking about our president who got elected at 70. I reminded him about Moses at 80, and who at 120 was described as still having vigor. Steve’s point is that people should not be overwhelmed with mistakes or success, but maintain their bodies and mental outlook as though life is a long game and not over at any age or stage.
I think Steve has a good point. As I think to some of the people in the Bible who thought they were doomed, only to be rescued by the hand of the Lord, it is clear to me that you and I must always keep a “Long-Game” perspective. I know too many single mothers who still have achieved an education and successful work careers that makes me believe that all things are possible with God! Yesterday, I met a man who told me that he met a woman last year who was a hair dresser who does art on the side. He said last year she sold her art-work for $300 apiece. This year, she is commanding $2500 per piece of work and no longer is doing hair! When I asked him how did she make the shift, he said she received good advice about how to market her work, and she followed that advice.
Last week, I spent four days with my wife and family in California. In four days, I only was able to hold our new grandchild twice! She is so spoiled; family members were practically elbowing each other out of the way to hold her. I guess that is a good thing, for her to know that she is loved, and people are almost fighting to hold and hug her. I smiled and thought to myself, “I am going for the “Long-Game” and I will be her grandfather for a lifetime. Don’t feel sorry for me. Also, I hope you do not think I am a weak chump. My wife says I just need to be more assertive. I am in it for the “Long-Game,” and am sure I will have many opportunities to love, support, assure, advise, and be a help to my little grandchild.
In 2 Chronicles, there is a story about a difficult time in the life of Judah and Israel. A man named Azariah comes to Asa and tells him essentially that if he will listen to God, God will support, protect, lead and guide the people of Judah in a fight against an army of Ethiopians. The battle goes in a good way for the people of Judah. I like the challenge of Azariah:
2 Chronicles 15: 7 But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” 
I encourage you today to “Go for the Long-Game!” Do not rest on your laurels. Neither, be depressed because of your mistakes! Make the most of your life and remember, God is not through with you yet!
Questions for Reflection:
- Do you take a long or short view towards solving problems, when it comes to your attitude about solving problems?
- What are your thoughts about the spiritual advice that Azariah gives Asa?
Prayer: Lord, grant me confidence as I approach the challenges in my life. Show me how to look beyond my age, health, wealth, and poor choices. Help me not to dwell on mistakes. Remind me not to become cocky and proud with my success. Lord, when I think about Moses who started his ministry at 80 years of age, Abraham, the father of faith at 100, Sarah at 90, and so many others who were not an immediate success, reassure me that there is still time for me to hit the mark and reach the prize that you have set for me. Bless me with confidence. Bless me with strength. Bless me with hope for a future, wealth and health in the days to come. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
Photo by Latonya Goodson
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