Beginning in 1986, the National Football League adopted a limited instant replay review for close calls made by officials during the course of a game. The current policy was made permanent in 1999, giving coaches two challenges per game. If both challenges are won, a third challenge is awarded to this team. Initially, referees stared into a camera with something like a voting booth curtain for privacy. Today, officials are given tablets to speed up this process. Once a determination is reached, the head official begins with the phrase “upon further review.”
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me, Philippians 3:12.
This expression can also be applied to evaluating your life. The end of one year and beginning of new one serves as a great time to take the time to reflect. You may even ask yourself some of the following questions. Did I attain any of the dreams, goals or objectives I laid out? How did the circumstances of the year influence me for the better or worse? Am I closer to fulfilling my aspirations in life or do I need to change course quickly so that hope does not drown? While this may not help you initially, it’s a good starting point to see what needs to change in 2018.
For nothing will be impossible with God, Luke 1:37.
At first glance, 2017 was a painful year, saying good bye to my cousin Billy and father in law Jim. These events led my wife and I to sit down to create a will just in case death comes knocking. Another setback was receiving a rejection letter from Hollywood for my screen play Express Yourself. This news crushed my spirits initially, but has led me to begin working on Dragged Behind the Devil’s Door in 2018, a script that was rejected by Hollywood in 2016 but did receive favorable comments by judges. Perhaps, I am on a wild goose chase, wasting countless hours reflecting, studying and writing. Yet, as a former professional athlete, I’m swinging for the fences hoping that I will eventually connect. Right now my batting average is 000, but upon further review I serve a God who makes the impossible possible.
by Jay Mankus