Super Bowl Perseverance – Faith Thoughts with Donna Yarborough

Photo by jm griffin

Photo by jm griffin

Come on. Come on. Go, go, go, go, go . . . forty, thirty, twenty, ten yard line––Yeeeeeesss.


Fans leap to their feet. Popcorn explodes in the air. Fist bumps and high fives all around. Oh, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad,” for amazing friends, football––and one ginormous TV.

February 7, 2016 was made for the love of God, country, and Super Bowl 50 when the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers. Not a fan? No worries. In my playbook, Super Bowl Sunday is an excuse to make great memories with great folks.

Lifepoint Church family invited guests and geared up for an all day celebration. First, we gathered for worship where the Lord lit a fire in our hearts. When the last amen was spoken, we lit a fire in the grills. Heady scents from Boston butts, hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, hot-wings, and chili wafted through the building and gripped our senses.

Don’t forget the cakes, pies, and of course, chocolate. I know, I know today’s not all about a party. Neither is it about the best and worst upcoming commercials nor Peyton Manning.

The whole point isn’t even about who wins, who loses. It’s about an opposing force determined to outwit, outrun, outhit you time and again. Every day.

You were blindsided when you bolted for the goal. Your breath whooshed out from your lungs and half a dozen Broncos and Panthers landed on top of you in a heap. You’ve been left broken, shattered, and rejected.

But the goal post never moved. You did. My husband often says, it’s not what happens to us in life, but how we respond.

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  ~Philippians 3:13, 14 (NIV)

If you can look up, you can get up. Get. Up. Tuck that ball beneath your arm, keep your eyes on His goal, and run with abandon.

Meet you in the end zone,

Donna Yarborough


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

One thought on “Super Bowl Perseverance – Faith Thoughts with Donna Yarborough

  1. bonnie navarro says:

    Can’t wait to get to the end zone… however I think most of us are only at half-time. Let’s make the 2nd half even better than the first!

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