>> Sunday, September 8, 2013
The NASCAR race for the Chase was almost over. Just one more race and the Chase contenders would be decided. Astonishingly, Jeff Gordon, four-time Sprint Cup Champion, was too many points out. This race was it. He tried…and tried harder. But last night, at the end of the race when the checkered flag was waved, he hadn’t made it.
He needed only one more point.
He had already driven in 26 races. In any one of those races, if he had passed one more car he would have received one more point. Or if he had been the driver that led the most laps in a race that one more point would have been his. Winning a race would have given him three more points.
In the end, he didn’t make it into the Chase due to the lack of one point.
Sometimes life is just like that. We fall short by just one lousy point. Maybe if we had listened just a little longer we would have understood where that other person was coming from. Maybe if we had stopped our busyness a little sooner and spent a little more time with our child, the relationship would have gone a different direction. Maybe if we hadn’t ignored some physical symptoms, the disease would have been discovered in time.
In the end, we don’t want to look back and see where we failed because of one lousy point.
“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush.” Philippians 1:9-10 (MSG)