Just a few days ago I had a little extra free time on my hands, so I thought I would make use of it and hit the gym and basketball courts from a busy week. From someone who is used to being in the gym everyday of the week and on the court, to now being back in the classroom and teaching is a complete shift and adjustment for my body…however, I found out quickly my mind did not make that transition altogether yet.
So there I was playing pick up basketball with some people in the neighborhood. I stepped on the court, the only female there, and my competitive nature kicked in. Mind you I haven’t played in a couple of weeks or even warmed up my body to prepare for the run, but I thought, “I’ll be alright.” This older gentleman (I’m trying to be nice) was guarding me… so again, in my mind I’m thinking “go to work.”
At first my body wasn’t moving like I wanted it to. Then with a few runs up and down the court, I caught my second wind, hit a jumper in the corner, got a few oohs from the crowd, and picked up my game. Then I crossed a defender and made a drive down the lane and suddenly started “feeling myself.” It’s okay to laugh…I felt like Lebron.
Anyways, that feeling didn’t last long.
Because the next play I caught the ball and came down on my ankle all wrong. So now, I’m walking around with a LIMP. I’ll probably be rehabbing my ankle for a few weeks. It’s alright; I’ll be back to normal in no time. But what does this have to do with you or anything for that matter?
A limp doesn’t stop the walk. A failure doesn’t stop the process. Being tired doesn’t mean I stop altogether. I keep going. You keep going. In the end you’ll win the prize as long as you keep going.
So yes, in the end you can “feel like LeBron” holding up the NBA championship trophy after years of disappointment and close calls. As Christians, our goal is to eventually hear the words, “…Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matthew 25:21 NLT)
Now please, hear me correctly. Do not picture yourself crossing the finish line crippled, or holding up the trophy weak and tired. LeBron was playing his best basketball when he held up the trophy. We too will be walking in full stride and strength when we ultimately win our prize. However, it’s in the journey that we will experience these “limps” along the way. So keep walking! Keep going! Imagine victory around the corner and the taste of triumph in your mouth. We will win if we do not faint.
One last thing…go read my friend’s post from today (link below)…she has an encouraging and powerful message that will enrich and inspire your hearts to never give up! Be Blessed family! Be Revealed!
Source: My Life as a Storyteller