You can’t be a Patriots fan and have nice fingernails. They’ve mastered the art of the nail-biter and bringing it down to the wire, but one thing Pats fans have learned is Patriot's fans hold Not Done signthat it’s not over until it over. During the last Super Bowl, my eldest son (who loves everything football and is an avid Pats fan), at half-time with the Patriots down 28 to 3, sat slumped on our couch with red-rimmed eyes as he fought back tears of frustration. By the end of the third, he paced around the sofa in dizzying circles muttering, “We might make it,” over and over. The last minute remaining of the game, he danced around the room, fist pumping, screaming, cheering, and high-fiving everyone.

During the last Patriots vs. Jaguars game, I noticed a cardboard sign held up by a Patriot’s fan. The sign had two words written on it: NOT DONE. Some of you may not be Patriots fans or not even care a hoot about football, but we can all learn something from the Patriots: We are not done.

God is still doing a great work in us.

Philippians 1:6 states, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Every day, we are growing, changing, learning, and fulfilling the potential God sees in us. We are a work in progress. Even if we are in a lull, in a bad place, or the scoreboard says we’re down, God is using our circumstances to transform us into His masterpiece. And, the best thing is that the Bible says, God’s love never fails. He is victorious. No matter what the score says—in the end, we win.

Psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” It doesn’t matter if you’re a hundred and three years old. If you still have breath, then God is still doing a great work in you. He still has plans for you. Your past may haunt you or shame weigh you down, but God can wipe it away and make you into a new being in Christ Jesus. He will use your past or mistakes and turn them around for your good. So keep striving. Volunteer, mentor, run a small group, sing a joyful noise, use whatever you’ve got to glorify God because you’re not done.

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