UNPACK This...For Fantasy Football Owners

Day 5 of 5 • This day’s reading


I Blew It!

I join many other Fantasy Football owners who know what it’s like to experience great disappointment and frustration because of poor team performance.

I’m sure some people think it sounds pathetic to be filled with regret, and have second-guessing thoughts swirling around in your head because of Fantasy Football, but there are real negative emotions when we lose our Fantasy matchup.

One year I had a strong team and felt good about the possibilities of making a run during the playoffs to win the Championship. A few weeks before the playoffs I actually pulled off two different trades that were supposed to help me have an even better team. I finalized my lineup before the games began and was excited about the players I had chosen to represent my team.

However, when the NFL games finished, I was kicking myself because I chose the wrong players and felt like I made terrible decisions. I was asking myself, why did I draft Dez Bryant in the first round? Why did I trade away T.Y. Hilton? Why didn’t I start the Dolphins defense as they played in the rain? I was consumed with thoughts that made me feel like I really blew it as a Fantasy owner.

If you play Fantasy Football, you probably know what I was experiencing, but either way, I’m sure you can relate to these feelings when it comes to real life. I’m sure there have been plenty of mornings when you’ve woken up with strong regret and second-guessing thoughts on your mind.

I believe these feelings can be beneficial when they lead to a deep desire to change and we are willing to learn from our mistakes – not remain focused on our regrets. We can find comfort in God’s grace by falling to our knees and shifting our attention to the cross of Christ. When we rest in His love, grace, and mercy, we can move forward in repentance…adjusting our decision-making in the future.

We will continue to make some poor decisions in life, but as we desire to avoid feelings of regret because of our choices, we can cling to the truth found in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT): “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”

Fantasy Football is unpredictable, frustrating, exhilarating, and impossible to truly figure out. Real life can feel that way at times too. But when we genuinely trust in the Lord and seek His will, we know His path leads to life, truth, joy, and peace. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for Your willingness to lead me and show me the right path to take. Thank you for Your grace when I do make a wrong choice. I pray that I wouldn’t remain in regret, but instead repent and depend on You. I pray I would make wise choices as I trust You with all of my heart, and truly seek Your will in all I do. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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