“They got a name for the winners in the world
I want a name when I lose..”
– Donald Fagan and William Becker
We’ve all seen it a hundred times before.
The media star athlete taking a moment to thank “the Man upstairs” for their moment of glory.
Let’s face it, in ego driven days like these when the Holy Trinity has been redefined as “Me, Myself and I”, even a smidgen of humility seems refreshing.
But have you noticed that the giving of thanks sounds a little hollow when offered under a shower of champagne?
And not just when the Deity gets credit when an artist wins a Grammy for “The Most Soul Corroding Video of the Year”.
And when nonbelievers watch winners sharing their platform with the Almighty, a few less than comfortable theological questions get raised.
If this athlete, actor, musician or politician is thanking God for this victory, does that mean they would also be blaming God if they lost?
Let’s face it, we all tend to suspect that most of these usual suspects who give God the glory in triumph would just as easily be taking His Name in vain if they had dropped the pass, missed the pitch or watched a rival walk off with the award they were convinced they deserved.
But occasionally we come across an individual that scrambles our jaded sensibilities.
An individual whose relationship with God is the same – win or lose.
And especially, when they lose.
Consider the case of University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.
A Heisman Trophy finalist, McCoy saw his life long dream come true when his Longhorns took on Alabama’s Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game.
But early on, disaster struck.
McCoy was hit from behind in a pile up after a running play.
The impact caused his entire right arm to go numb.
McCoy ended up watching his team mates lose a close game from the sidelines.
An entire life devoted to realizing this moment, only to be denied the chance to play when the moment came.
How to deal with seeing your greatest dreams crumble and fade away?
Colt McCoy’s answer was stunning.
“I always give God the glory. I never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life. And I know that if nothing else, I’m standing on the Rock,” McCoy stated.
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (I Peter 2:12-13)
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