I was in the middle of a tennis lesson focused on improving my serve. After listening to several instructions about what to do better, I got into a ready position to serve, and was about to follow through when my coach hollered, “Stop!” He said, “You’re all tense. Relax!”
He went on to explain that when my muscles tighten up, the body doesn’t function well, and my serve is poor. “One tense muscle throws your whole serve off,” he said.
When he hollered “Stop, relax,” I did a quick inventory of my mind and body, and he was correct. I was tense in thought and body. I was worried about doing what he taught me correctly. I was afraid of failure. My worry in thought translated into tense muscles in the body.
I stopped what I was doing. Stood up straight and relaxed my body by letting go of all fears. I reminded myself that I had nothing to be afraid of. God was giving me all the poise, grace and dominion I needed to accomplish this new serve. I needed to let the right idea flow through thought and body, and trust that the freedom I felt in thought, would translate into newfound freedom with my serve.
When I went to serve again, relaxed, the result was impressive and brought smiles to both of our faces.
Afterward, I noted the metaphysical significance of the lesson. Fear tenses everything up and causes poor performance.
At times, we might need to step back from what we’re doing and relax; let fears go; remember God is giving us everything we need to succeed; then jump in with a calm, peaceful thought that can express the right idea with grace, poise, and dominion.
Relax! Have no fear. Everything will work smoother.