On Failing in the Fantasy Football Playoffs

On Failing in the Fantasy Football Playoffs

I join many other Fantasy Football managers this week who are experiencing great disappointment and frustration because of our team’s poor performance last weekend during the first round of the Fantasy Football playoffs.

I’m sure it sounds pathetic to be filled with regret, and have second-guessing thoughts swirling around in your head because of Fantasy Football, but I’m just being honest with you.

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

However, now that Sunday’s games have finished, I’m kicking myself because I chose the wrong players and feel like I made terrible decisions.

I’m 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’m consumed with thoughts that make me feel like I really blew it as a Fantasy manager.

If you don’t play Fantasy Football, you probably think I’m crazy (which I am), 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 where 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.

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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