Missing the Mark
hailed the game as the one to determine which of the
two teams would go on to win the National Collegiate
Athletic Association Football Championship. It
featured the top-seeded teams in the United States:
the University of Alabama and Louisiana State
University. LSU won the game 9-6 in overtime. No
touchdowns were scored in the game by either team; all
of the points were scored by field goal kickers.
There were also missed opportunities to score by the
kickers for the team from Alabama. These kickers,
Cade Foster and Jeremy Shelley, have received a lot of
criticism and blame for missing 4 out of 6 field goals
previous kicker for the Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, Leigh Tiffin, expressed sympathy for Foster and
Shelley in his blog. Tiffin can relate to the current
kickers. As a freshman, Tiffin missed three
field-goal attempts and a point-after-touchdown kick
in a 24-23 overtime loss at Arkansas. He also
experienced success when he helped the Tide go
undefeated and win a national championship in 2009.
Responding to the criticisms leveled against Foster
and Shelley, Tiffin sought to encourage the forlorn
kickers by reflecting on some lessons learned from his
own experiences. One of his lessons was:
“Always separate your personal worth from your
athletic performance.” *
Before WE point fingers at those who have failed in
one area of life or another, we need to understand
this truth: each and everyone of us have “missed
the mark” in our lives. This is the literal
meaning of one of the words (Gr. hamartano)
that are translated “sin” in Scripture. “For ALL have
sinned (‘missed the mark’) and fall short of the glory
of God” (Romans 3:23). The fact that we have all
missed the mark can not only bring feelings of guilt
and disappointment, but also the greatest penalty for
sin: eternal destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).
God loves us so much that He sent His Son to die on
the cross so that we might be forgiven for
“missing the mark” and have the prospect of
living eternally with Him in heaven when this life is
over. “In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of
His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
will save those who place their
faith and trust in Jesus
of their sins (Acts 17:30-31),
Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are
baptized (immersed) into
Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
Yes, we have ALL “missed the mark,” but we may
gain the ultimate victory through Jesus Christ!
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Won’t YOU accept His
offer of forgiveness and eternal life?
David A. Sargent,
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
Information gleaned from “Kicking Back” by Don Kausler,
Jr. in the Mobile (AL) Press-Register,
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