It was a night for rivalry in Alabama. College football in the deep South is more than a sport. Some say it’s more like a religion, an accurate metaphor for many.
The irony in this rivalry is that, for the majority of us, the team lines are crossed when it comes to friendships and family – you know, the things that truly matter in life. Even players dressed out in uniform and playing hard for their team, will leave the wins and losses on the field when it’s all said and done. (Thank you, Derrick Henry and Tray Matthews, for sharing that genuine moment with the world.)
This lasting image, along with my own experiences over the weekend, leave me very thankful for friendships and proud of the ones I cultivate these days.
It hasn’t always been so, you see. Through time and trials, I have learned what feeds my soul and makes me a better person. I recognize that not everyone I love is good for me and that it’s best to love those people from a distance. Wishing them well and cheering them on from the outskirts absent of any guilt about it.
If today finds you struggling to hold on, clinging to a relationship (friend, family, lover) that you fight to make work – can I just encourage you to set it down and walk away for a minute. Maybe not forever, but for a season. It’s amazing what distance infused with prayer & mindfulness can bring to a situation. Lay down the burdens you carry and leave the responsibility of the results up to God.
Celebrate the people that add to your life, making it more rich and meaningful with every laugh and heartfelt conversation. Fix your focus on those relationships, God has given them to you in this season for a reason. Give thanks for that (research shows it will make you happier).