Listen Up

When coaching high-intensity sports, it is always fun to watch the facial expressions of players as they come off the field and hit the bench. They are usually dripping wet with sweat and are full of adrenaline; their eyes wide open with the excitement of what had just unfolded during the game.

As a coach, I have learned that players often need to take a moment and ready themselves to listen after coming off the field. Similarly, I have also found this to be true in my own life when listening and discerning the Lord’s voice. Sometimes I need to take a step back and make sure that I am ready to listen.

In Genesis Chapter 18, we learn that Sarah was not completely ready to receive the message that God had for her. In fact, when the Lord promised that she and Abraham would have a child, all Sarah could do was laugh out of doubt and unbelief. As she looked at her worn-out body, she could not bring herself to have faith that God could do the impossible. When the Lord saw Sarah’s heart, he spoke words of truth over her life.

“Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” – Genesis 18:13-14 (NLT)

What a powerful piece of Scripture! It is incredible to know that there is nothing our God cannot do in his own time. If there is a dream in your life that you have given up on, remember that nothing is impossible to our almighty God. As we move through the rush and urgency of each day, it is crucial to take a moment and make sure that we are truly ready to listen.

Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

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