Coaching has a way of bringing what is inside of our hearts to the surface of our lives. While our lacrosse team had all the momentum during one particular game, I pessimistically mumbled under my breath, “This is when we typically become unglued.”
After pausing for a second, I realized that I should not think negatively about our team and that I needed to stay positive. However, I was right about our team’s history, and a moment later we went offsides, went man-down, and had a selfish penalty that caused another goal to be scored. A game that we had fought so hard to get back into was lost in a few seconds.
Like our team’s tendency to lose focus during a game, it is incredible how our past mistakes in life can serve as a warning for our future if we do not learn from them. One profound truth that we can learn about keeping our Christian faith focused is explained in the book of Psalms.
“Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.” – Psalm 73:25 (NLT)
The Psalmist clearly reminds us that second place is never the correct spot for the Lord. One of the most difficult challenges that we can face as Christians is staying focused on what will ultimately bring us peace and fulfillment. As we coach our teams to play each moment with constant focus and determination, we must also fight to keep God first at all times in our lives. Our team lost this important game because we lost focus momentarily, but the consequences of losing focus spiritually in our lives can be far more devastating.
Reading the Psalms reminds me that I desire God more than anything in this world. Let us not lose focus that Jesus Christ is our goal and victory in our Christian faith.
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