One lesson I’ve learned from my tennis coaches is to never fear the ball coming your direction. If you stand at the net afraid that your opponents might hit the ball at you, you’re going to return the ball poorly. The better strategy is to think, “I hope they hit the ball at me so I can hit it well and put it away!”
It’s a rule that works.
More than once when playing strong opponents, I’ve noticed my thought starting to fear the ball coming at me. A parade of excuses would weaken my confidence such as, “I’m not as good as they are. They hit the ball too hard. There is too much top spin for me to handle well.” And as my confidence sinks, so does my game. When I remember that God has prepared me for any ball coming my way, and that I could be eager to receive the ball and prove my God-given talents, my game stays strong.
It’s a rule for success in life! Never fear the “balls” coming your way. Whatever challenges, opposition, opportunities or demands you face, be prepared to handle them with grace, wisdom and poise.
God made you an intelligent creature who expresses the Mind of God that is ready to take on any challenge. This Mind you express is not lacking, deficient, unprepared, incapable or unable. Mind is able and makes you able.
Fully embrace and love your God-given ability to respond fearlessly and competently to every circumstance you face in life. Don’t waste a micro-moment in mindless fear. Be Mind-full of your God-given talents and delight in the opportunity to use them. Be joyfully ready for whatever comes your way.
“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”