The Bad With The Good


Sunday, February 13, 2011
I experienced the ends of the spectrum on Friday night and Saturday morning. Carter’s Outlaw lacrosse team was tied for first in the state and was playing Alwatoukee Lightening for bragging rights for the best in the state. I could see in the warm ups that it could be a long night. The lightening team was bigger, stronger, faster, more skilled and older than our team. It was like the David and Goliath story with the exception that Goliath was the victor 12-3. The parents could only talk about the fact that we were out manned and outplayed. It was a discouraging night to say the least and caused us to lose perspective of what we had done previously in winning our first five games without a loss.

How easy it is to lose perspective of positive things in life when one bad thing happens in our life. We were hoping that the boys wouldn’t be flat and discouraged in the morning when they were to play the Scottsdale Eagles that had beaten us the previous year.

The Outlaws came to play and we scored the first four goals in the first three minutes of play. We went on to win 12-7 but the game wasn’t that close. The boys were excited and were back to focusing on their great season.

I’m encouraged today in realizing that my life is like the ups and downs of this weekend and I need to recognize that days will come when there will be set backs in my life but God is gracious in giving positive experiences in my life to keep my focus on walking on his path. That’s enough for today as I need to rest for what He has in store for me tomorrow.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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