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Lessons Repeated Until They Are Learned

In response to "Whaddya Wanna Know", a friend wrote "Well, if you can explain why VT went into a "prevent" defense, allowing Ryan time to score twice whereas their previous mode had kept him off-balance, that would clear up a great confusion in *my* mind".

The Hokies of Virginia Tech (ranked #8 in the College Football BCS Standings) fell to the undefeated #2-ranked Boston College Eagles Thursday night in rain-soaked Blacksburg, VA.  Tech had held the upper hand for most of the game, but apparently slipped into a 'prevent defense" late in the 4th quarter.  That defensive ploy relys on dropping defenders back to force the play in front of them and prevent big plays down-field leading to quick scores.  Sometimes, an efficient offense will just take what is given them to make the most of it, but not succeed in turning the tide, and or changing the outcome of the game.  Sadly, Tech allowed BC to score two touchdowns in the final 2:06 of the game to come from behind for a 14-10 victory.  I say "dance with the one who brung ya'.  If an aggressive, attacking defense has stymied the opponent's offense for most of the game, forcing the QB into bad decisions and bad plays, why change your strategy late in the game?  The only thing the 'prevent defense" does (most times in my mind when I care about the particular outcome) is prevent victories.  I'm sorry for Tech.  Blame the coaches.  There.  'nuff said on that. 

In today's Breakfast Bible Study, we looked at The Two Foundations in Luke 6:46-49:  Jesus is teaching his disciples the parable of the house built on rock versus the house built on sand.  After hearing the reading a first time, some in our group reflected on the phrases "What a ruin!" or "dug, and dug deep" or the "foundation on rock".  After hearing it again, we shared how the Gospel is speaking to us in our lives today: "Go back to basics", 'Build soundly by doing well and not too fast', "Do it right vs. do it over", "Focus on the goal", "Substance vs. form", and "Lessons repeated until they are learned".  Rather than hearing us make insincere professions of his name, Christ challenges us to live the life he is teaching us, and to practice what we preach.  To build a strong foundation in him, with him, and for him.  Which 'house' will be more costly in the long run?  The one built on sand that collapses 'like a house of cards' when tested, or the house built upon The Rock, Jesus our Redeemer, that can stand firm against any infirmity?  As for me and my house, I choose the Rock for it will hold when we need it most.