As the golden confetti rained right down to herald Loreen and Sweden’s victory, it was a glumly acquainted feeling for these sheepishly waving Union Jacks.
Last 12 months’s hit ‘Spaceman’ delivered by the effortlessly charismatic Sam Ryder had propelled the UK to a second-place end behind solely Ukraine. But, in distinction, this 12 months’s entry ‘I Wrote A Song’, written and carried out by MaeMuller, spluttered to a second-to-last place end with simply 24 factors.
And all of the whereas, faucet faucet faucet went the keys of the laptops of the nation’s press. A fast search of ‘Mae Muller’ the subsequent morning introduced up headlines similar to: ‘Mae Muller made about as a lot impression as a damaged cuticle’ (Daily Mail); ‘Mae Muller mustn’t have been allowed to characterize the UK’ (GB News); and even ‘BBC accused of ruining Mae Muller’s Eurovision possibilities’ (The Telegraph).
Muller herself tweeted within the early hours of Sunday morning:
‘i simply need to say thank u x i do know i joke rather a lot however we actually put our all into the previous few months, not the end result we hoped for however so pleased with everybody & what we achieved on this journey. Congrats to all of the international locations, I’ll always remember this journey and I really like you all.’
The 25-year-old performer opted to not drink from the poisonous vial of accusatory reactions that typified the responses of assorted media publications. Rather, she recognised what had been achieved. Someone’s obtained to come back second-to-last, and it occurred to be her. For Mae, the explosion of color and vibrancy that’s Eurovision trumped all issues – even ending close to the underside of the leaderboard.
And we will all study from Muller’s gracious response and large image viewpoint. When we pour a number of work into one thing that does not go to plan, it is tempting to start out pointing fingers. But as disciples of Jesus, we’re to name upon a grander and higher perspective. Yes, we missed a gross sales goal, did not carry out to the most effective of our means in an examination, or struggled to steer our screaming toddler to place their wellies on… however we’re nonetheless dearly cherished youngsters of God.
So, the subsequent time a Jesus-follower is confronted with one in all these stress-inducing conditions, their behaviour has the potential to vary – it is a possibility to be kinder, gentler, extra affected person. Without disregarding the significance of no matter’s occurring, a reframed view grants them religion that, it doesn’t matter what occurs, they’re nonetheless of infinite worth to the Almighty.
Sam Brown is a Church Advocate for the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC).
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