Last week, I coached my last tournament game of the summer season. I told my players that good competition exposes their weaknesses; the areas of skill that they need to improve upon. I gave them an assignment to go home and write down what their strengths were, as well as their weaknesses, and make it a goal to improve the weak areas over the next few months so they will be prepared for their school tryouts.
I love the quote, “Success is when preparation meets opportunity”. It’s not only athletes and coaches that need to be prepared, but everyone, as we never know where God may lead us. If you have been praying for something specific, as I have, you better believe that preparation is one of the keys to receiving it.
I have been asking God to show me my weaknesses and help me to make them strengths. It’s not always pleasant hearing about your shortcomings; I have had to lose the ego, and take the constructive criticism. It’s for my own good….necessary to reach my full potential. It’s funny because I told my players the same thing about a week ago – “I correct you for your own good!”
Athletics is the perfect example of self-assessment, hard work and preparation, and then victory. Just think of how much better our lives could be if we followed the same path in our relationships, work, or any other goal we want to achieve or situation we want to improve. If we humbled ourselves to ask God to show us our faults, instead of always pointing the finger at someone else. If we periodically took a self-assessment, and began to let God change us.
So this will continue to be my prayer:
“Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.” (Psalm 139:23-24, The Message)