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What If — Like Elisha — We Knew We Already Won?

by Jeff Wright, Jr
Clash Daily Contributor

As a life-long Redskins fan I, along with every other member of Redskins nation, was thrilled to see our franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III, tweet: “Doctors cleared me to practice.” Looking ahead to the new football season will be a lot less stressful knowing we have RGIII back at full strength. Watching my Redskins play is nerve-racking enough even when our best players are healthy.

When I watch a Redskins game I’m on the edge of my seat. I live and die by every play. Even when the Skins are leading I can’t let my guard down because I’ve seen us blow too many leads over the years. Watching our favorite teams play can be an exhausting experience for die hard fans. Things are totally different, however, when we already know the outcome of the game.

I have to work during most games on Sundays so I record them. Sometimes I’m able to make it home without finding out who won but sometimes I’m not. If I found out the Skins lost, I usually skip the game. Why frustrate myself even further? I watch the game when I found out they won, though. It’s a whole different experience when I watch the game knowing my beloved Redskins have already won. When I know the Skins have won, I sit back and enjoy the show. It’s a celebration. I soak in all the big runs, sacks, and touchdowns. I just enjoy it.

Not only do I savor the positive moments when I already know the outcome of the game but I also don’t let the bad stretches bother me at all. When it’s 3rd and goal, we fumble the snap, and the other team recovers the ball, I’m disappointed we couldn’t capitalize on a great opportunity but it’s not that big of a deal because I know we make up for it later.

Now if that happens when I’m watching the game live, I’m freaking out! It’s a big deal and now I’m worried we might have blown the game. My entire experience of watching the game is totally altered when I know the outcome ahead of time.

Life is a lot like that.

We worry about how things are going to turn out. Are we going to have enough money for school clothes and supplies? Can we afford a family vacation this year? Can we even continue to afford this mortgage? What news will the doctor give me at our next appointment? What will our healthcare look like next year? Jesus was right when he said, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34 ESV).

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