As I ponder what happened to my beloved Denver Broncos (fan since the mid '70's), the name of my blog came to mind:
The Broncos, at least 3 times, left something on the field.
At the end of each half they left timeouts and more than 30 seconds on the clock. This was more than enough time for the Atlanta Falcons, the next day, to drive 41 yards (in 11 seconds, by the way) for their game-winning field goal. Now, work with me here, we've got Peyton Manning (better than Matt Ryan), trying to set up Matt Prater (longer kicker than Matt Bryant) in mile-high altitude with at least two timeouts left. Then, with a 7 point lead late in the 4th quarter, we had 3rd down and 7 yards to go, we left the 18 million dollar man that can throw 7 yard strikes with his eyes closed to hand off to Jacob Hester "just to be safe." Yes, Dan Dierdorf, there was somebody else out their scratching his head (and throwing his hat and making a scene).
When it comes to "Leaving it on the field," you've got to use what you've got. At the end of each game, at the end of each day, and at the end of THE Day, I must be able to say that I've put to use what God has given me for the purposes He's given me.
I get in a funk when I start complaining about all the things I DON'T have - a certain kind of talent or personality, enough time, enough money . . . you get the idea. Even legitimate complaints (which very few of them are) should not be entertained because it's in God's very capable hands.
The fact remains that God has given each of us a task to do that is much bigger than ourselves. In order to grab ahold of this task, get the tools to do it, and have a purpose each day of your life, you must trust God's only way to having a relationship with Him - Jesus Christ. Check out, from Ephesians 1:3,4, what happens to those who trust Him and Him alone:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him.
Now, work with me here, are you (and I) willing to leave all of this great stuff from the Creator of the universe "on the field"? First, accept Him right now by trusting Jesus as your Lord and Savior (see Ephesians 1:7-10 for more info on that). Then, you can start discovering how to use your God-given talents, personality, even material possessions for Him so that you leave nothing on the field.
If you watched the Denver/Baltimore game on January 12, 2013 the play that will get played over and over again is Denver safety, Rahim Moore, misjudging the flight of the ball and being out of position for the game-tying touchdown near the end of regulation. Even though he clearly could have done a better job, at least he jumped his highest and seemingly gave it all - more than can be said for whoever decides when and how they should use two timeouts and their greatest tool - Peyton Manning.