Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Early in the movie, while struggling with his team's losses, and facing possible dismissal, Coach Taylor runs into Mr. Bridges, a faithful man who has been praying for the team, coach and players. He reminds Taylor that God is at work.

"I just don't see him at work here," Taylor responded.

"Grant," said Bridges, "I heard a story about two farmers who desperately needed rain, and both of them prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?"

"Well, the one who prepared his fields for it," replied Taylor.

"Which one are you," asked Bridges. "God will send the rain when he is ready. You need to prepare your field to receive it."

This changed Taylor's focus -- from the endgame of winning, to getting his team ready; preparing not just for football, but preparing for life. He did this by focusing on God, following his commandments, teaching his players to give God their best.

They praised God when they won -- and when they lost. The goal was not to win -- the goal was to give their best to God, and to leave the outcome to him.

Taylor not only won the state championship, but his wife, who was told she would not become pregnant, learned of her pregnancy on the same day the team.

As Taylor kneeled in front of his wife, he became overwhelmed when hearing the news. But she reminded him of what he had told his team. Through God all things are possible.

Through God all things are possible. Our job is to prepare for rain; it's up to God to determine when the rain will come.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.