I just returned home from attending service at Destiny Church in Broken Arrow, Okla. During service, a video was shown of an interview with Noble Doss, a legendary receiver for the University of Texas in the early 1940s who went on to win a world championship with the Philadelphia Eagles. You can watch the video by clicking on the link below.
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I'll have to admit this morning was the first time I had heard of Noble Doss, even though he is remembered for one of the greatest catches in Texas football history (growing up in Oklahoma, we don't hear too many tales of great Longhorn receivers). Yet it's a dropped pass that he remembers, and it's that one dropped pass against Baylor that haunts him. He states in the video that he thinks about that play every day ... and that one play happened more than 60 years ago.
When I watched the video this morning, it truly broke my heart. A man who has accomplished so much still battles the demons of one play. You can see the pain in his eyes when he talks about the what ifs. What if he had caught the pass? What if he had scored the touchdown? What if ... ?
We all have those what ifs in our life, and we all have moments that we look back upon and wish we could do over. Sometimes, those moments overshadow so much of the good in our lives and in our past. My pastor said it best this morning when he said, "Just because you fail doesn't make you a failure."
There's no doubt that Mr. Doss is not a failure because of a failed catch. There's also no doubt that when you make a mistake, it doesn't make you a failure. There will be angry patients. There will be problems in the office. There will be disagreements among team members. However, those small failures can't be used as a measuring stick in your practice and/or in your life.
Don't let the problems of the past affect your present and future. Today, resolve to remember the great catches you've made rather than the dropped passes.