So you got tackled, Dude… Every play is not a touchdown. Get up, brush yourself off and run another play! — Dave Ramsey
What is the primary goal of every play in a Football game? (American Football, for my international readers) The primary goal of every play in Football is to score a touchdown. Does every team reach its goal on every play? Of course not!
Dave Ramsey hosts of a very popular talk-radio program for discussing financial matters. One day, I heard Dave give the above response to a caller who had just told Dave about an investment that had not turned out the way it was planned. After getting all of the details from the caller, Dave gave this great analogy to remind the caller we all have goals and sometimes bad things happen that knock us off our feet and prevent us from reaching those goals as planned. He encouraged the caller to not give up because of this setback; to get back in the game and keep trying. It was great advice!
Our world is full of people who had big goals and exciting dreams for their lives. Something came along and tackled them, preventing them from reaching their goals according to plan. It may have been a significant, painful setback. It may have been a event that caused them to lose everything they thought they had. The setback is not the tragedy of the story. The tragedy is that they couldn’t figure out a way to brush themselves off, mentally, and get back in the game to try again.
As I’ve written before, I’m no stranger to adversity. I have just recently been tackled harder than I have ever been tackled before in my life. I have to admit that I have been sitting on the sidelines weeping tears of true grief, sorrow and repentance because I know what tackled me was a product of my own making. The injuries sustained are extremely painful, and not just to me, but to people I love who had nothing to do with my decisions. I don’t know exactly how to mend the injuries or to get back on track, but I do know this is part of living. I will not be so flippant as to say life is a game, but the metaphor still holds. I also know that I cannot win if I do not play, and I cannot play if I do not get back up to try again. I will get back up and get back in the game. I may be battered and bruised, but I will get back up, get back in, and give it all I have.
The secret to life is living. Setbacks happen in life, but don’t let that stop you from living. If the setbacks are your own fault, take responsibility for your mistakes and ask for forgiveness. You will get tackled as you pursue your goals. Get up, brush yourself off and run another play!
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