Monday, August 15, 2011

Claiming the victory

Player #10 threw the volleyball into the air then made contact with a loud thump. The ball sailed across the court and sank into the net. They were another point behind. A mixture of frustration and defeat hung on every player on the green team. #10 dropped her shoulders as she made her way back to the bench fighting back tears. This just wasn't her day.

Four more points were lost to the blue team before the coach called a time out. The coach said a few words but then, surprisingly, #10 spoke up. Her demeanor was different now. She was determined. After a few words and team cheers, the players returned to the court no longer looking defeated.

One point at a time, the green team clawed their way back into the game. Soon they were tied with the blue team. Step by step the team celebrated every point won and encouraged one another when a point was lost. They were finally playing like a team.

In the end, the blue team won 27-25. But the green team celebrated another victory. They had overcome a great opponent that day...themselves. They may not have won the game, but they came away with a renewed confidence and a will to win. One player decided that she was not going to stay defeated, she encouraged her teammates to believe in themselves and her determination spread like wild fire. A positive attitude can spread just as quickly as a negative one. With their new found determination, the green team won the next two games...

Are you on the court wafting volleyballs into the net? Do you feel you keep missing the shots that come your way? Or are you sitting on the bench watching the game happen but not being in the action? Well then it's time for a team huddle.

Teammate, this is your time! God brought you to where you are for a time such as this.(Esther 4:14) He has a plan and purpose for you being in the game. (Jeremiah 29:11) You are not just another player to Him. (Psalm 139:13) Trying and failing is far better than not trying at all. Take it from a player that has shanked more serves than she cares to admit. Each attempt makes you better and strengthens your faith. If you aced every serve you may come to believe you don't need God to coach you. And trust me, you want to be on His team!

Try again, believer, try again. I have goals I'm striving for just like you. It takes time, practice and a lot of grace to get it done. But God is leading this team and, with Him, we cannot lose...

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

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