My son is a kicker on his high school football team.
It’s a tough position. There are so many ways that kicks can go wrong. There are bad snaps, holds and blocking. The wind, rain or cold air can impact the trajectory of the ball. And sometimes- you just miss.
We often talk to our son about three things when he has a bad kick:
Learn from the past.
Focus on the present.
Realize the potential of the future.
Think about what’s happened and try not to repeat it. Turn your attention on the current kick, and try not to think about the last one. And finally…visualize a good, solid kick.
It’s a parallel to our lives as Christians, isn’t it?
Past mistakes and current struggles can separate us from Jesus. We are our own worst enemy….feeling stuck in sin and drowning in a state of despair.
Jesus offers hope.
Learn from the past. An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15
Focus on the present. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2
Realize the potential of the future. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24
This week I want to focus on how Jesus defeated sin on the cross so that we might experience grace and forgiveness. My prayer will be to learn from my past, accept forgiveness and move ahead a better, stronger person.
Please let me know how I may pray for you.