Game by Game

Photo Credit: Jean-Daniel Francoeur

Week by week….Game by Game. That is actually something I recently read on facebook. My old neighbor was referring to his team winning football games and making it to the big game, but it made me think about life. The beginning of the year has proven to be exhausting at work to say the least. Teams seem drained and it is just the first month in (almost). This week, I couldn’t help hearing the lackluster sound in the voice of colleagues and even heard it within in my own speech at times. The same week, after a call with about 30 or so team members, a colleague messaged me and said wow everyone seemed so defeated on the call.

While the calendar date changed, so much of the challenges we were dealing with in life have remained the same so maybe we should take on the advice of my neighbor and handle it day by day….week by week…game by game. Maybe we should stop focusing on the entire overwhelming picture and just take each step week by week. Rather than focusing on the Superbowl (our life’s ambitions, dreams, upcoming personal events or professional deliverables), let’s just focus on tomorrow or even this upcoming week. Martin Luther King Jr said, “Faith is taking the first steps even when we can’t see the whole staircase”.

Let’s not be defeated by what overwhelms us — by what we cannot see, by what’s can’t figure out, by what we can’t imagine how it’s gonna turn out, or if we have the bandwidth or the energy to complete. As we start this week, let’s focus on just what’s before us. Let’s plan to win this game, this week. The rest of it will come together.

Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34).

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