Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve Shields on 2/25/2018
While playing for the Minnesota Vikings, defensive end Jim Marshall did something embarrassing.
In a game against the 49ers, he recovered a fumble and ran it 66 yards — the wrong way — into his own end zone.
Because he thought he’d scored a touchdown for his team, he threw the ball away in celebration, only to have it go out of bounds, giving a safety for the other team.
Despite this error, Minnesota went on to win the game 27–22, with the victory provided by a touchdown return of a fumble caused by Marshall.
I am sure there are a lot of people who know Marshall’s pain.
And I am sure there are a lot of people who, upon failing so miserably, left the arena. They allowed their failure to be fatal.
Sometimes Christians can feel this way. We see our own failings as tragic, and retire from serving God.
They believe a lie that they are useless in the Kingdom.
This podcast speaks about this and gives insight into why failures don’t have to be fatal.