How can I not say something about last night’s game?






We were streaming the game at our church and with approximately 9:30 left in the 4th quarter we lost the stream. At that point, NE was down by 16. So, while I fiddled at the computer to restore the stream, everyone started to clean up and wind down for the night. As I was trying to restore the stream, my son Nathan observed on a game-cast that we had the ball back on the Falcon’s 30 yard-line!

My friend Shannon noticed that there was a separate link on Fox’s webpage that led to a Spanish broadcast, so I clicked on that and we had the game back on in Spanish! Eventually, the English broadcast came back on and the rest is history!

We actually missed the fumble-causing sack by Dont’a Hightower that led to a Patriot’s touchdown just a few minutes later. There were many great plays during the 4th quarter, but that sack may have been the most instrumental in the Patriot’s comeback win.

On several occasions during the comeback, all of the teens in the room circled together in prayer to pray for a particular outcome. I believe they prayed for a turnover, the 2-point conversion to tie the game, the overtime coin toss, and the game-winning drive in OT.

I am not saying that God answers our sports prayers, I’m just saying…

Here are some lessons from the Super Bowl for both parents and teens:

  • Don’t quit  – parenting is hard, but sticking to the plan can result in amazing things!
  • It’s never too late – jump in the game now even if you think it is the 4th quarter in your teen’s life. Great things can happen in the end!
  • Stay calm – don’t panic, everything is going to be alright!
  • Do your job – don’t think that everyone else is going to raise your teen or teach them how to be adults. It’s your job. Do it.
  • Believe in yourself and rely on your teammates (family and friends) – you have what it takes. Your friends and family will always be there to support you.
  • Take risks – sometimes the risky path is the right path. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
  • Don’t dwell on your failures – we all make mistakes – even big ones! Get up, wipe yourself off and get back in the game!
  • Stick to the plan – first, make sure you have a plan. Then follow it.
  • Make adjustments when necessary – occasionally you will need to make course corrections. That is normal. Be ready to make necessary changes.
  • Try your hardest – giving 100% is always a good idea. Anything less and you will never know just how good it could have been.
  • Know that you are not alone – every parent of a teenager is going through similar challenges. Learn from them and be ready to share your failures and successes with them.
  • Celebrate victories – it is important to recognize when your and your teen are succeeding in the game of life. Take time to celebrate those successes.
  • Remember who your coach is and listen to him (in my case, it is Jesus) – be accountable to someone and listen to wise counsel.
  • Be the G.O.A.T – as a parent, strive to be the Greatest Of All Time!

Before I sign off on this post I want to give you this update. I will be slowing down on my blog posts and will write when I feel I have something to offer and when time permits. Today’s post marks exactly one year in my blogging journey to post once every week. That is what I committed to myself one year ago and I have fulfilled that commitment.

As always, I am open to guest bloggers and your ideas for new content. Be intentional and have a plan for parenting your teens. Don’t give up!

5 thoughts on “Be the G.O.A.T

  1. Hey would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good web hosting provider at a reasonable price? Kudos, I appreciate it!

  2. Reminiscing about how fun that night was and the teens in their own huddle praying (with intensity) for the outcome of the game.

    Did God hear the prayers? Absolutely! Did he alter the game because of them? Probably not.

    Although it may have been a lite topic (sports), it was good to see them going to God when they did not have the power to directly influence a situation.

  3. You’ve done a great job, Bryan – not only on your blog, but most definitely on raising your kids, along with your wonderful wife, Monica! We love you guys, and we pray that you will never give up on your quest to be intentional in your parenting. It pays off! And other people see it!

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