Monday, September 28, 2009

Bringing your best game

“No ball falls!” is our volleyball team’s battle cry. We parents yell it out to remind our Lady Bulldogs that they are there for one reason – to play their best game. Unfortunately, in this weekend’s volleyball tournament our girls repeatedly lost track of their purpose. Our team played hard and won the first two games but then we began to see a change in our Lady Bulldogs…they were beginning to get a little full of themselves. As a result, they became unfocused and gave away points. They soon found themselves having to work twice as hard to make up ground that they had let the competition take from them and they were running out of steam. At the end of the day, our Lady Bulldogs won four games but lost in the end and came home in 2nd place.

I know how those girls felt! There have been countless times that God has chosen to use me for a specific purpose only for me to become full of myself and stumble on my own pride. I’ve been known to go from a hilltop moment to falling face first into a valley in 0.6 seconds. Sometimes its Satan that trips me up but most of the time I’m able to knock myself to the ground all by myself. I take my eyes off of God and turn them onto myself as if I’ve accomplished these things in my own strength.

Have you ever been there? Have you ever brought you ‘best game’ and then start resting on your laurels thinking that you can just take a break for awhile? Meanwhile Satan gets a foothold and not only causes you to stumble but will often try to hold you down so that you won’t get back up and try again. We end up having to work much harder to regain the ground we lost when we stopped giving our best effort. Thankfully, we have a Heavenly Father who is faithful to pick us back up and set us on our feet again as we set our eyes on Him. The thing to remember is this: our best game comes from God, not from us. When we have the privilege of being used by Him, that’s when we should become less not more. God infuses us with His strength for His glory, not ours! Our job is to be open to letting God be God in our lives so He can equip us to bring our best game!

Be blessed,

“Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’" 1Corinthians 1:31


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