Seeing the Big Picture

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” Matthew 10:29

Coaching a sports team as opposed to playing a sport can open your eyes to an entirely different aspect of sports. You go from playing a single position to looking at the team as a whole. There are the questions of strategy and playing time, who should start, when you should substitute, how you should play defense and offense, and what formation to play.

These aspects are what the coach has to develop, yet most athletes don’t consider these factors when playing. As a player, we have a tendency to think only about our position, section of the field or what we need to do to succeed.

In life, God sees the big picture, but often we get caught up looking at our needs and situations and lose the big picture. It often takes a year or two for us to look back, and then see how God worked out our little situation and fit it into the big picture. It may seem like we get lost sometimes, but God sees everything and will work out your situation for what is best for you, and for His ultimate glory.

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Exhibiting Self-Control

“Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person whom lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28

Have you ever known someone who had a lot of talent, yet no self-control? Maybe the person didn’t work hard, never worked out in the off season, ate junk food, or was always late to practice. It can be frustrating to be on a team where someone does those things. Whether they realize it or not, their actions affect the team.

As a Christian, it is important that we exercise self-control in all we do. Without self-control, you are self-destructing. There are many times in life when you do not feel like working, or putting extra effort into an activity, but it is those times that reveal your true character. Someone with self-control will do what it takes to get better.

Do you exercise self-control in your Christian life? Or do you choose sleep over reading your Bible, or miss church because of lazy reasons? Don’t be known for being lazy, but have self-control in all aspects of your life.

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Putting Aside Pride

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8

It’s not uncommon for conflicts to occur between players off the field. Sometimes it’s small, and is quickly resolved, but other times, if not dealt with, it can linger. These conflicts, although not on the field or court, end up affecting the entire team and how they play. Whether players admit it or not, their selfishness and stubbornness affect the team.

As Christians, dissention between us will hinder the gospel of Christ. And most of the time, the people involved do not realize it. When we selfishly put our pride before the gospel, we hinder God’s work. We should never allow ourselves to hold a grudge, or refuse to admit when we are wrong. Even if you believe you are right about the situation, it is important to do what you can to diffuse the situation. Don’t let a petty argument or conflict hinder God being able to use you.

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