It would be impossible to miss the fact that the World Cup is reaching its climax - the many England and other flags flying from cars and houses have revealed that something significant is underway, and we seldom see Ashley Road as quiet as it was during the fateful semi-final.
As we reflect on this sporting disappointment or many more personal ones, most of us are tempted to live life regretting the past and in the realms of 'if only …', but it's both pointless and depressing to get trapped in the past. We can't change the past, but only the present and the future. St Paul wrote, "Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on" (see Philippians 3 to discover more). There's a lesson here as football teams approach the next tournament, and an even deeper lesson for us all in life - Paul was writing about the call to follow Jesus.
Whether you follow Him or not, I wish you all the best.