Our son, Jack Thomas, is a kicker for the West middle school football team. He’s learned something about kicking…you are only as good as your last attempt.
If any aspect of the snap, hold or kick aren’t perfect, then bad things happen. It’s a game of inches…and it’s easy for a small mistake to push the ball wide left or right. Everyone needs to be completely focused.
It’s just like life, right?
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7: 13-14
The path to follow Jesus offers lots of resistance. Anger, bias, envy, selfishness and jealousy are distractions. And like a kick in football, the slightest misstep can send us down a wide, destructive path.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Fortunately- we have a coach that can fill our lives with peace, love and hope.
The width between the goal posts is only 23 feet and 6 inches. But as a good kick travels closer to the target, the distance seems to grow much wider. It takes practice. The same is true for life…good practice makes it easier to deal with life’s obstacles. Prepare for life’s journey with scripture and prayer.
Please pray that I may better deal with distractions in my life. And let me know how I may pray for you.