It’s the third quarter of a tight game when Joe was given the ball. A high school player who enjoyed the time with friends as a member of the team, he didn’t always get the ball, but this time it was his turn. The handoff was perfect, but Joe didn’t hang onto the ball. He let it slip from his hands and onto the field. A member of the opposite team jumped on top of it, setting them up for another touchdown and a shift in momentum. Joe was devastated. His clumsy move had just lost his team the lead. They were all pretty aggravated and Joe felt horrible.
Then came the fourth quarter. Somehow, Joe’s team rallied back. They scored three unanswered touchdowns and won the game. The crowd went crazy and the team joyously sung their school song. No one remembered Joe’s faulty play. No one cast Joe aside when they did their victory chant. Though he had little to do with the victory itself and could have easily been labeled the cause of a defeat had it happened, now was a time of celebration and the faults of the past, though learning experiences, were forgotten. It was time to rejoice over a win!