The buzzer sounds, announcing the end of the third quarter, and we make our way to the bench. Coach begins to draw out the next play and the girls listen intently. “You have to pass the ball around, girls.” she tells us. “Keep the ball in motion. I want to see shot fakes out there. Don’t let them shut you down.”
As we walk back out on that court, we know she expects us to put her words into action; she expects to see us making an effort to follow her instruction.
But let me tell you, it’s much easier to follow through with your coaches instructions when you have come to appreciate the work that they do – not only what they do, but the way that they do it. The amazing lady that coaches my basketball team is – by far – the best coach I have ever had and because of the way that she coaches, the girls and I trust her and do not question her instruction.
From Basketball To Life –
As I see it, this applies to all authority in my life. Most importantly, my Lord. Also, my parents, leaders, ect.
Obedience is… –
Obedience is the very best way
to show that you believe
Doing exactly as the Lord commands
doing it happily.
Action is the key
do it immediately
Joy you will receive.
Obedience is the very best way
to show that you believe.
This is a song that I’ve known since I was little. To be honest, I often find it stuck in my mind as I’m grumbling over one duty or another. It’s not just the fact that it reminds me to be obedient, but to do it happily! Now I don’t know about you, but if I have to do something I don’t like, I might as well be miserable while I’m doing it, right? (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way).
Well, the truth of the matter is that I need to be joyful in my service to God. After all, He brought me into His family when I was His enemy and has shown me the greatest example of love. I have trusted Him with my life, so why don’t I trust Him enough to fulfill His instructions joyfully? If I know that my Lord is omniscient and wise, then why do I doubt His plans for me? Shouldn’t I trust Him enough to move forward with His wishes in a willing manner, happy to be included in His plans?
And yet, when He urges me to step forward and witness to a stranger, I shrink back and fill His ear with my own, wimpy, excuses. It’s almost as if I don’t believe that He knows my weaknesses and can use my feeble abilities for His glory.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And when I question His allowing me to face illness, suffering, or an unsure future, it’s as though I’m forgetting that He has planned my entire life and promised to care for me always. I’m sure He knows that if it was up to me, I would never choose a difficult path – but without difficulty, I would never grow in the way that I do.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” -James 1:2-3
“…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” -Romans 5:3-5
And so I find that I have a duty and a privilege to accomplish what the Lord has required of me. It is not simply enough to read what He asks me to do, but also to put it to action.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” -James 1:22-25
Now I will admit that I won’t always fulfill His wishes perfectly, but He doesn’t expect me to. I cannot let the fear of failure scare me away from fulfilling His instruction. He knows my every weakness and through my weakness, His strength and glory will be revealed.