When athletes talk about finding their game, they refer to being able to play at their very best on a consistent basis. Intense physical training can lead to this, but the way to really find your game exists through a different kind of training. And finding your game actually has little to do with what sport you play or if you actually play any sport at all.
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)
The movie Seven Days in Utopia revolves around the concept of finding your game in life through the pursuit of godliness. (Note that there is a book on which this movie is based.) This gem of a film provides many life lessons that make the movie worth watching, but 5 lessons stood out as steps to take immediately to find your game.
- Know your convictions. This involves asking yourself why you do what you do. If your purpose is to excel in a sport or in any area of life, consider rethinking that which drives you. For when we discover convictions that go well beyond the temporal and start affecting eternity, we discover a deeper reason and purpose for existing.
- Find your rhythm, balance and patience. At the core of these elements lies emotional control. When emotions control the person, rhythm, balance and patience cannot exist. But when you use emotions as gauges, finding your game becomes a reality.
- Be willing to deter from the expected. So often, we become trapped by expectations, both our own and that of others. Finding your game may involve stepping out of what’s expected in order to step into the will of God.
- Confidence comes with being prepared. Some people seem to exude confidence naturally while others struggle with believing in themselves. The core of true confidence is not natural ability alone. Rather, true confidence results from preparation. Planning and preparing create a confidence that allows for handling the unexpected and the spontaneous.
- Confront the lies. What lies drive you? Do you believe your value is found in the game that you play? Or, is your value found in how you play the game? Knowing that your value comes from Christ alone provides the convictions and confidence necessary to find your game.
Within each aspect of finding your game listed here, the idea of dealing with mistakes constantly comes up. We can allow mistakes to knock us out of our game and into being off balance and out of rhythm and with little patience, or we can use them to built confidence. We can use mistakes to confront the lies that tell us we are the sum total of our accomplishments by not allowing them to snowball. We can choose to see ourselves through our failures, or we can view ourselves through the eyes of Christ. Who are you as a Christian believer has little to do with who you are and everything to do with Whose you are.
When we choose to not allow mistakes to negatively impact our self image, which is how we think about ourselves, and begin relying on our identity in Christ, we find that we are acceptable. As we learn to be Living Stones, we discover that we can live and walk in repentance and bask in His grace. In that, we finally find our game in a way that impacts eternity.
DISCUSSION: What adjustments do you need to make today to help you “find your game”?
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