LESSENING STRESS THE LORD’S WAY – PINPOINT MOTIVES
January 27, 2019
Whether you are a sports fan or not, you’ve probably heard of the huge controversy that erupted near the end of last Sunday’s New Orleans Saints-Los Angeles Rams football playoff game. The game was tied 20-20 with 1:49 left to play. With the ball on the Rams 13-yard-line, Saints QB Drew Brees hurled a pass to Tommy Lee Lewis along the sidelines.
Rams DB Nickell Robey-Coleman obliterated Lewis well before the ball arrived, but to the Saints and their 73,000 fans utter astonishment, no penalty flag was thrown. No pass interference. The underdog Rams went on to win 26-23, and will now face the New England Patriots as even greater underdogs in next Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Of all the explanations for why the referees blew this call, my wife has the most plausible conspiracy theory: She believes the refs had an ulterior motive…they were somehow paid off by Bill Bellichek and Tom Brady under the table to ensure the Saints didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, thus assuring the Patriots of a blowout win next Sunday! What do you think?
Well, this morning we aren’t here to debate motives behind football games…but we are here to explore how motives factor into the stress we experience in our daily lives.
Yes, when it comes to dealing with stress, motives indeed matter!