Down 3-1

It has been said…

“When the going gets tough; the tough get going.”

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” 

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

These are all adages representing the fact that there is always a chance no matter how tough things seem to be. That is, unless you are down 3-1. 

In sports, coming back from a 3-1 deficit is nearly impossible. More often than not, the team trailing 3-1 in a series (where four wins prevail) has a difficult time in the fifth game.  Down 3-1 can mean a blowout in game five.

Monday night, the Los Angeles Lakers, down 3-1, got blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder. They lost by 16 points. 

It’s hard to push through adversity, to maintain that mental edge and emotional drive when you know history stands against you. What's the use? Nobody comes back from down 3-1.

I’m sure the Lakers played hard, but they were down 3-1.

Sometimes in life, we find ourselves down 3-1. Everything seems to be working against us. The odds are stacked against us, nothing seems to be going right and what can go wrong… goes wrong.

As a Christian, it is never over even if we are down 3-1.

God says to a people down 3-1, “For I know the plans that I have for you… plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 

We may not win game 5, but it ain’t over yet. We should know two things whenever we are down 3-1.  God loves us and God has a plan for our lives.

What’s going on in your life right now? Do you feel as though you are down 3-1 and about to get blown out in game 5? Know this: God loves you and has a plan for your life… a plan for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

It should be said…

“When the going gets tough, the Lord gets going.”

“It’s not the person in the fight; it’s the Lord in the person.”

And, “It ain’t over till the Lord says it’s over.” 

Something to think about…

Note: I used an American colloquialism in this blog that may not seem very politically correct.  The dog colloquialism was penned by Mark Twain who as far as I can tell, was not making a reference to “dog fighting” that is illegal today.