I am a football junkie. I love this time of the year. About 15 years ago, I discovered Fantasy Football. At times, it is aggravating. At times, it is exciting. I've been in a couple of leagues for over ten years with groups of friends. It has helped me to stay connected to guys that I may not have stayed connected with otherwise.
One thing for sure about Fantasy Football is it is unpredictable. Every summer, publishers release their Fantasy Football predictions for the upcoming season. Teams are drafted based on the rankings of these so-called experts. Experts can't predict mid-season trades like the Trent Richardson deal. Experts can't predict injuries to top level talent like Doug Martin. Experts can't predict huge turnarounds like the Kansas City Chiefs or huge flops like the Atlanta Falcons.
Life is unpredictable. We never know what is around the corner. Our guest speaker last Sunday said people are in three stages of life. They are either going into a trial, in a trial or coming out of a trial. We all face trials and struggles in life. In John 16:33, Jesus promised that we would have trouble in this world, but He also gave the disciples assurance that He had overcome the world.
James 1:2-4 (NLT) "2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow."
Whatever life throws at you, let it be an opportunity for you to grow in your faith. Ask God to shape you through the trial you are in. You may be in a trial, but you soon will be coming out of it. Don't give up!