Last night, I actually watched the game with interest. Malcolm Butler demanded my attention in his first postgame interview.
If I could have paused the clip and replayed it over and over again, I would have. I don't believe that he understood what he was really saying in that moment, only that he knew it was huge. He had the starry-eyed look of those who've had visions and dreams come into fruition. Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever experienced a moment where you could just pinch yourself?
I don't know what this man's relationship with God is, or if he even believes there is a God, but I do know this one thing: Butler didn't experience the vision and then pause to say, "Are you sure you want ME to do that?"
Butler wasn't even drafted. He wasn't on the "A" team. He was a walk-on, meaning that he took a whole lot of hits in his effort to earn a position on that team. He wasn't invited, yet he simply followed a dream. He accepted it, held onto it, and then put himself in position to be used. He showed up day-after-day and didn't succumb to discouragement.
In Genesis chapter 37, Joseph's struggle was just as real. I have to believe that he would have understood Butler. He wasn't invited to his brothers' table. They hated him and they were jealous of him. When God gave him visions of leadership, he was scoffed at and sold into slavery. I wonder, how many times did Joseph have the opportunity to give up? Instead, he became indispensable to Pharoah and greatly respected in Eqypt. His vision came true.
Have you ever had to persevere in a dream? In the promise of a vision coming to life? People like to say that 'the end justifies the means'...that it doesn't matter how you accomplish a goal, just as long as you get there. I disagree. Sometimes, the means are much more important than the end...it's in the 'means' that God has the opportunity to grow us, as we show up...day, after day. Just like Butler did.
Never give up, sisters. If it's from God, then He will bring your vision to life in His perfect time.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gal. 6:9
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
1. What are some roadblocks you've come up against lately?
2. How have you been able to persevere?
3. What needs to happen to regain your focus if you've lost sight of the dream?
4. Ask God for the strength to keep walking!