Fumbled, Foiled, or Fused

I’m not a football fan, but my husband is. He watches it periodically, so therefore I am exposed to some of the terms used by the announcers. One of the words often used is “fumbled.” Evidently if the ball is not caught or dropped after it is caught, it is fumbled. I like the word. It has a certain lilt to it. That rhythmic swing of a word doesn’t describe its impact though, and even in describing the word, I have fumbled.

Another word that was historically used in reference to the villain in the “damsel in distress” movies was the word “foiled.” Ask the younger generation to define that word and you will probably get a definition involving aluminum foil. But when the villain was outwitted, he would burst out with the words, “foiled again.” No, he wasn’t covered by aluminum foil, he was foiled, a word meaning: “prevent from succeeding.”

Fused is another word that does not come from the root word, “confused.” Although it can be confusing, it actually means “join or combine into one unit,” unless you are talking about the fuze on a firecracker that was “fused” at the factory.

So, have you fumbled your opportunities, been foiled in your goals, or have you and the world been fused together? There is hope for all of us fumbled, foiled, and fused people. First you can pick up that fumbled goal that you dropped previously and carry it to the finish line. You might have to change your approach to life, leaving villain hood behind, but “foiled again” attitudes can be replaced with success as you choose determination and get off the railroad tracks of the failure train. Finding that new road to fulfillment takes some seeking, but it can be found with the help of the Lord. Becoming fused with the world, becoming one with it, presents a bigger problem. Don’t forget that we are in the world but not of it. “I have given them thy word; and the world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” John 17:14-16 ASV

We separate ourselves from the world’s values, attitudes, and perceptions internally, while we walk in it carrying the hidden treasure of Kingdom life found in relationship with Jesus, looking for opportunity to give out Words of life. So, become un-fused with the world: become one with the Lord and leave the con-fus-ion (pun intended) behind.

Fumbled, foiled, or fused flagrantly fails in its foul efforts to foil your future. (Alliteration intended.)

Regina Shank