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Getting Cut

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Getting Cut

By Alex Randazzo and Hannah St. Michell

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

Ending's are never fun.

Whether it be getting cut from a team, getting fired from your job, or having a relationship end, it tends to be heartbreaking and is usually devastating. It effects your life in many different ways.

For example, if you get selected for a team on the 30-man roster, but then got cut as the coach weeded out his team to the 25-man roster, not only are you having to deal with a broken heart of the revelation of not playing for the team you just made, but you now have to find a different team as well. When this happens, the Lord calls us to "Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalms 55:22).

The Lord will always be there. (John 14:27)

Everyone has seen the movie Miracle. How Herb Brooks was cut from the 1960's Olympic team and they went on to win the gold medal. As shown in the movie, instead of letting this disappointment drive him away from hockey, he used it to fuel his motivation to coach the 1980 Olympic team to victory. No matter if you're cut from a pro team, junior team, or your job, this disappointment has the potential to effect your life on a greater scale similar to how it drove Herb on to coach the winning Olympic team on to win the gold medal. We do not see the big picture of life that God sees. God sees our lives as a whole and uses these disappointments to fulfill His plan for our lives. While we might see being cut as an ending, God sees this as a beginning.

Be encouraged, in 1 Samuel 30, David was being threatened with his life. He was about to get cut, not just from a team or a job, but from his life... permanently. The men around him were talking about stoning him. But "David found strength in the LORD his God" (1 Samuel 30:6). So find strength, for the Lord promises that "all you who are weary and burdened... I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

Discussion Questions

  1. How have you been cut from something in your life in the last few months?
  2. How can you rely on the Lord to give you strength through the disappointment of being cut from your team, job, relationship, etc.?
  3. How can you encourage someone else in the Lord, who has been cut in an area of life?

Further reading

  1. Isaiah 40:28-3
  2. Philippians 4:13
  3. Psalms 73:26
  4. John 14:27
  5. Psalms 147:3

About the Author

Alex Randazzo plays Junior A hockey for the Ogden Mustangs in the Western States Hockey League.  He has been involved in FCA Hockey since his father launched the ministry in 2008 and has most recently worked as the summer media intern.  Besides hockey, Alex enjoys acting and directing, and has completed his first motion picture (Raising Dragons).  Alex recently graduated this spring from Liberty with both his High School degree and his 2 year associates degree.

Hannah St. Michell will graduate high school in June, and will go to college at NNU in Nampa, Idaho on a musical scholarship. She enjoys hiking and running. Before meeting Alex, she had never been to a hockey game. In her spare time, she teaches piano, breeds dogs, and is a youth intern at her church.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Henry Roy wrote:
Excellent work on this Alex. I appreciated your perspective on overcoming life's challenging moments with Godly understanding! Keep up the great work.

Thu, June 9, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

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