Watching the Broncos and Chargers play it off this evening in Denver, something struck me powerfully. I was thinking about the next few weeks as the playoffs and Superbowl come to a conclusion.

It occurred to me that once all the hulabaloo is over and the off-season comes, there’s another season, another set of playoffs and another Superbowl.

It occurred to me that guys sometimes think relationships are like the Superbowl. Getting to the big game and winning it.

Relationships are not like playoffs. They’re not a touchdown. They’re not even a season. Relationships are like a career.


Emmitt Smith, the all-time NFL leading running back, averaged 4.38 yards per touch, totaling 21,579 yards in his 13 year career.

4.38 yards doesn’t seem like a lot. But it adds up when you do it 4,924 times.

If the circumstances happen just right, you could make 5000 yards by running 50 touchdowns in a single year, but it’s impossible given the obstacles you’ll eventually run into.

That’s what marriage is. 3 yards at a time. You don’t have to win a playoff game or the Superbowl everyday.

There may be moments where you really need to bring home the big game, but those are rare moments.

And sometimes, life just hits you and you lose some yards.

But God wants you to keep getting up and trying for the next 3. And the next 3…

“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame…”

-Rom 5:3-5)

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

-1 Tim 6:12

Run the race, fight the fight.

It is worth the fight.

Love, the RYM Team