Our football team was up 14-13. It was the last two minutes of the game, and we had the ball. It was third down, and we needed five yards to keep the drive alive. The quarterback dropped back to pass, but a blitz was coming. Under extreme pressure, he threw the ball … but it was picked off. A quick pick-6 ended the game, and our hopes for any post-season play.
I felt the pain of the quarterback as he walked off the field holding his head low. I was not just his assistant coach; I was his dad. My son had actually had a good day on the field, but it didn’t matter. In his mind he had failed, and his confidence was shattered.
We all fail at times. When we make mistakes, it’s so easy for us to beat ourselves up. Whether our tongue gets the best of us, we drop the ball at work, or we run back to an old addiction, our sins and failures can completely crush our confidence. When that happens, how do we pull ourselves out of the dugout and get our heads back into the game of life? Let’s take some coaching tips from the life of Abram.