Dealing with disappointment is something that all of us have to face at points in our lives. I went to St. Petersburg, FL recently with a good friend for our annual Detroit Tigers – Tampa Bay Rays series. We had great accommodations, good food, great tickets, and to top it all off had the joy of our wives joining us for the trip (but not to the games). All in all we had an excellent time, except for one factor: the Tigers lost both games we observed. To add insult to injury, the first game was the first no-hitter thrown in Tampa Bay history. Talk about disappointment!
I know, I know… it’s not anything to get really upset about, but I was upset. At an advanced age I still don’t have the ability to not be aggravated at losing. I even found myself praying! Praying that I could see a victory… I just didn’t want to be disappointed.
Having recovered emotionally from the trip let me share some things I’m in the process of learning:
- If I cannot be happy unless I win all the time, then I will never be happy, because no one wins all the time.
- If sports can affect my attitude about my life, even briefly, then sports has taken on a distorted role in my existence.
- Where are my priorities with God if I am praying for a victory as opposed to praying that He do whatever it takes to make me into the image of Christ?
Just a couple of things I am learning that I thought I’d share with you. Hope they help because they are helping me.