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Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy-2:15

I had never picked up a tennis ball until I was 30 years old. And then what happened is what happens with many things that I take an interest in. With my personality, I was all in from the beginning. A lot of court time, lessons every week, and daily early morning training sessions with strong high school students. This added up to about 20 hours a week. My coach and instructor at the time never spoke much. He just kept feeding me the balls, by the thousands.

Jim had three words which he constantly repeated. “Stay with it.” 

You see, like with so many things in life, you become good at what you practice doing. Jim was working on getting me to the point where I did not have to think about what I was going to do. I would just do it. The ball would come over the net and I would do what needed to be done. My muscles were being trained to respond when and how they needed to work. The more I practiced the better I became. It was more than wanting to win the match. I needed the training to make it become a reality. Now of course there were plenty of times in local tournaments when I lost. But my training helped me enormously.

I think about this in my Christian walk. The better prepared I am with my staying up to date with my bible reading, prayer time, and connecting with other believers, the better I am going to do when life comes at me.

These days life is coming at me hard. Another example. The law enforcement people I associate with as a police chaplain say the following and I get it. When something happens, people (police officers) will always default to their level of training. Now I know it is all about the Lord and his strength but I also know He wants us to be actively involved in training ourselves to know what His word says AND to know how to pray and to spend a good amount of time every day in prayer.

Life is going to continue to come at us, both the good times and the bad times. We can not prevent this. However we can practice and practice so when that tennis ball comes off the racket of the opponent on the other side of the net and is shooting toward us, we won’t be overwhelmed. We will be willing AND able to do what God wants us to do and get through the day successfully in this crazy world we are living in.

Miss you all.  I hope to see you again soon.  


Pastor Steve

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23

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