Over the last couple years I have questioned my career and why I do what I do professionally because of some doors that have closed. I know that I am not the only one that has those same questions running deep inside. Dave Martin recently released a book called “Another Shot: A Game Plan for Rebounding in Life.” I am a huge sports fanatic so naturally the title lured me in. We watch football, basketball, baseball, hockey…you name it! I also played volleyball and was a cheerleader in high school so I have a competitive nature.
Goodness… I cannot believe that picture was almost 20 years ago and the best part was, my dad was my volleyball coach. And maybe, my 13-year-old son just found a VHS tape at my parent’s house of me playing basketball in 7th grade (the only year I “attempted” to play basketball). For those of you who I do not personally know, let me also tell you that I am only 5’2”. In the volleyball world, that is way too short and people look at me weird when I say I played volleyball. Others discouraged me because of my size, which made that competitive nature inside me burn even deeper. I became the best setter that I could be for my team, running all over the court to ensure that my taller teammates had the perfect set to spike that ball back over the net.
This is the same as in life. If I had listened to others tell me that I was too short for volleyball, I would have gave up and never tried to overcome and persevere with my tall teammates. Dave Martin wrote that we need to "change our thinking, to adjust your positioning, to assess your competition, to redraw your game plan, and to take another shot at victory, because victory comes not to those that are perfect, but to those who persist and to those who make corrections as the game unfolds.” When you get knocked down in life or the plan you have is not unfolding like you originally thought it would, have hope. Know that God is working it all out behind the scenes, working things out for our favor. A closed door means that God has the right door already open for us.
What else is holding you back? Fear? I do not like the unknown. I am a planner and I am comforted in knowing my situations. Do you have a new passion~new career move~new area to serve stirring up within? Fear will hold you back because of the “what if’s”. Any student that has spent time in one of my classrooms will tell you that I do not entertain “what if” questions. I always say “we could what if all day.”
My favorite what if statement is from Erin Hanson, “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” Never let fear keep you on the sidelines watching others succeed. Know that God is working all things out for your good, get yourself in the game! Psalms 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.”
Another Shot by Dave Martin is a great book for anyone that wants to try at it again. You can find more information about this book at:
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