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Losing Sight of the Puck

Published on June 12, 2017 | By

The Pittsburgh Penguins went to Nashville last night to beat the Predators 2-0 and secure their second straight Stanley Cup victory. A talented team led by MVP, Sidney Crosby, the Penguins remain the champions by winning the series 4-2. 

Unfortunately, there was a controversial play that has caused some second-guessing and lots of what ifs. When the score was tied 0-0 in the second period, Nashville’s Colton Sissons made a diving play to tap the puck into the net. Although he appeared to score the game’s first goal, the ref behind the net declared that is wasn't a goal. 

Because the ref may have had a bad angle on the puck and lost sight of it, he blew his whistle thinking the goalie had secured the puck. As it turned out, the puck was actually still loose and Sisson’s athletic play should have led to a goal. 

However, refs are advised to blow the play dead when they lose sight of the puck, so the whistle was blown before the goal was scored and it was waived off.

It’s understandable why Nashville’s fans were so disappointed by this controversial call, as ultimately the ref’s lack of visibility of the puck cost them a goal. 

Regardless, I got to thinking how the concept of “losing sight of the puck” can parallel our own lives when we get out of position and lose focus on what’s most important in life.

Just as a hockey ref needs to be in the right position to know where the puck is going, we must also keep our sight on Jesus so we remain in clear view of His leading. 

The game of hockey is centered around the puck, and problems arise when a ref loses perspective on it. Similarly, when we allow distractions to get in the way of our life being centered on the cross of Christ, we set ourselves up for an unfavorable outcome. 

Ultimately we have to recognize when we lack the visibility of seeing Jesus for who He is, so we don't make the wrong decisions or miss out on an opportunity for a “goal.” We don’t want sin to cloud our vision or hold us back from distinctly noticing Him. 

The Bible explains in Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT): "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

"We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne." 

Also, Psalm 16:8 (NIV) says, "I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." 

As we begin a new week, let’s consider whether or not we have a clear view of Jesus and the cross. Let's make sure to confess our sins and remove any distractions that cause us to “lose sight of the puck.” 

I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that! 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I desire to have a clear view of Jesus and a deep understanding of what He did on the cross. I know that when my eyes are fixed on Him, I can walk boldly and powerfully in a life of faith. Thank you for Your grace and love. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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