Super Bowl XLIX was an interesting game of football.
It was a study in contrasts between the slow relentless offense of the Patriots and the big bursts of speed and relatively few huge yardage plays by the Seahawks. The score was close and the pace exciting.
But and at the end it all came down to one play. That's often how life is! It all comes down to small but critical moments!
When I was a child, my mother taught me a proverb called, “For Want of a Nail.” It taught me the importance of small choices, which often have big outcomes.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
When Pete Carroll, his offensive coordinator, and the Seahawks offense executed a pass play inside the one yard line - in scoring position - at the end of the game with the winning touchdown on the line, they proved my mother’s point.
It was the wrong call for the circumstances!
The pass was intercepted!
The game was over.
Never underestimate how important even seemingly small acts of faithfulness and integrity and wisdom are in this world.
“Whoever is faithful in little things will be faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in little things will be dishonest also in much." (Luke 6:10)