Posted by: everynation | December 4, 2009

Lessons from the Titan’s game

by Rice Broocks

Did you ever hear the joke about the Pastor who skipped Church to play golf and made a hole in one? The problem was he couldn’t tell anyone. I felt a little like that yesterday. (Though technically a day off for me) I sat in the stands with 2 of my boys watching the game between the Titans and the Cardinals in the middle of  the section where the coaches wives and families sit.

Let me tell you there are some praying people in that organization.

For those that missed it or are not American football fans, the Titans were losing with about 2 minutes left in the game and had to go the entire length of the field to score and win. They did it in fairly remarkable fashion, winning on the last play of the game.

Flashback to just a few weeks ago. Our team was 0-6. Everyone was speculating about what was wrong with the team. Not only that, they were embarrassed 59-0 in one of the worst losses in professional football history. I interviewed one of the coaches on TBN right after the loss.(  You could hear the resolve in the interview. (click on the icon for October 23rd)

So what are the lessons?

1)   Don’t quit- no matter how difficult the challenge. You do this when you go to work, face the trials of being a husband or mother, stick it out with friends that let you down.

2)   Don’t listen to the crowd. The same ones that boo you will be cheering eventually.

3)   Don’t fear. Whether you win or lose in life or in a game, you can do it without letting fear be a factor.

4)   Don’t forget…Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes then comes disgrace, but humility comes before honor”

At the end of the game I was greeted by many of the coaches who certainly were aware that the remarkable finish was more than just another game. One coach said, “This happened for a reason”. Everything does.

Rice Broocks is the author of A Minute with Rice and the senior pastor of Bethel World Outreach Center in Brentwood, Tennessee.



  1. Great message Pastor Rice. We all can be great if we don’t give up. You are your own message’s best example.

  2. Amen

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