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  Chapter 2 from
It's Not As Tough As You Think
How to smooth out life's bumps.

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski 

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Behind at Half Time

I once attended a meeting of recovering addicts at which a young woman described her downhill course from adolescence through early adult life. Fortunately, she eventually came to her senses and joined a recovery group, which enabled her to emerge from the torment of her addiction.

After she gave a brief resume of her life history, she stated, “There is one more thing I would like to tell you.”

“I am a rabid football fan, and my team is the New York Jets. I will never skip watching a game. One time I had to leave town for the weekend, and I asked a friend of mine to record the football game on her video.

“When I returned, my friend gave me the video cassette, and said, ‘Oh, by the way, the Jets won.’”

“I began watching the game, and the Jets were falling far behind. By half time, they were trailing by 20 points. At other times, I would have been pacing the floor, wringing my hands, and possibly raiding the refrigerator. However, I was perfectly calm, because I knew that my team was going to win, hence there was no need for me to worry.

“Ever since I turned my life over to God, I know that it is going to turn out good. There may be some hitches on the way, but I know that God will not fail me.

“Sometimes I feel like I am trailing by 20 points at half time, but since I know that the end will be good and that I will overcome and succeed, nothing ever upsets me as it did before.”

If our faith is strong enough, we can be winners, and even if we might be trailing at some point, we should approach the future with confidence.

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