Feb 28, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs 31, San Francisco 49ers 20
The first half of Super Bowl Fifty-Four was back and forth between the Chiefs and Niners, with the game tied at halftime. In the third quarter, the 49ers began to pull away, with a 20–10 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But in the last six minutes of the game, the Chiefs offense, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, completed two touchdown drives to take the lead seconds before the two-minute warning. The Chiefs defense stopped the 49ers to seal the victory and end the Chiefs' 50-year championship drought.
It was a great win for the franchise and head coach, Andy Reid, who up to then, was the winningest coach in NFL history, at 222–142–1, without an NFL championship.
How did Reid and his Chiefs finally do it? The same way they did it throughout the playoffs. By making the proper adjustments to come from behind to win. Winning is about making adjustments when things don’t go as planned. Those with the grit and ability to adjust find a way through life’s obstacles where others fail.
On Monday we hosted a birthday party for a princess. On February 24th my only grandchild, Princess Naomi, turned four. Dressed in her sparkly blue “Elsa” dress from the movie Frozen, tiara on her head, and curled golden locks to her waist, the pizza parlor stared in wonder at this epitome of pint-sized royalty.
That last three years of grandparenting have been some of the most fulfilling of my life.
Wait. Did you say three years? I thought she turned four.
I did. And, she is.
We met our beautiful Princess just over three years ago, a month after her “Daddy”, my oldest son James, discovered he was a father.
It’s a long story. I’ll leave you to fill in the blanks.
Unplanned? Definitely. Shocker? Absolutely. Regrets? ZERO, except I wish we would have known about her sooner!
I’m so proud of James stepping up to father, support, and raise our priceless princess.
Psalms and Politics James could have backed away from his responsibility as a father. He could have, like so many, climbed into the anonymous bleachers. He could have labeled the Princess a mistake and moved on to a selfish future.
But he didn’t. He adjusted, made a different game plan, and kept fighting. I’m so proud and blessed by his decision. Psalm 139:13 is just one of many pro-life passages in the Bible. I thank God for the National Right to Life and many other organizations that fight for unborn humans to have a chance to live.
The pro-life doctrine is not political but is fundamental to any Biblically literate, evangelical, follower of Jesus. Listen to the beauty of these words.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book BEFORE one of them came to be." Psalm139:13-16
The line of demarcation between those who win and lose in life has little to do with pedigree, intelligence, or talent, although sadly we live in a culture that would argue otherwise. It’s easier to blame losing at life on gender, race, or demographics than to trust Jesus, make the proper adjustments, and attack life with every ounce of grit we possess.
You don’t have to be the best—few are—you simply have to outlast the rest. What adjustments do you need to make?