Don’t just sit on the sidelines
Life, like any game, can look vastly different from one moment to the next, depending on where you position yourself.
There are moments when it feels as though you’re in the thick of the action. Front and centre. Involved, present and making each play happen. On a different day, it can seem like you’re stuck, with your feet anchored to the floor and life is happening around you. Everything surrounding you is a crazy blur, but you’re not actually involved at all.
Whether we like it or not, each morning the sun will rise, and life will happen. You can’t stop it. The world turns each day for all of us in the same way and it’s up to us whether we choose to engage or simply sit on the sidelines and let the game continue without us.
Who’s calling the shots?
Imagine you’re the key player on your national soccer team. It’s the biggest match of the tournament, the final, and the manager has you sitting on the bench. You’re still a part of the team. You’re still in the stadium. But you have no power to influence, play or contribute to the outcome of the match. Talk about frustrating!
Make a choice
There are times in life when we choose, or allow ourselves, to become spectators. Instead of being the most influential figure in our story, we are sitting on the sideline watching the action unfold before us. We allow circumstances and the actions of others to determine the direction of play, instead of making decisions and choosing the route we want our life to take.
“…for the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today.”
And whenever the answer has been, “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything: all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure… these things just fall away in the face of death… leaving only what is truly important.” – Steve Jobs co-founder of Apple Inc.
The Bible talks about the fact that a man or woman is able to choose the way their life will play out. We have been given the ability to decide how we’re going to play this game – whether we will be on the attack, looking for an opportunity to score or play defensively reacting to the opposing team.
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” ― John C. Maxwell
Make a change
You may not like the way your life looks. It’s possible that the circumstances you find yourself in are challenging. You may feel like you’ve been dealt a bad hand. You might even feel like you’re sitting on the sidelines of your life watching someone else calling the shots and being the star player in your place. But life is all about choices and you can choose how the game of your life is played. The Bible teaches us that in order to have a flourishing, beautiful and full to the brim kind of life we need to be connected to our Creator, God. In order to do that we need Jesus. Jesus is the only way that we can have a relationship with God. The Bible says that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Knowing Him is the first step towards making great choices and determining the path our life will take.
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