“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.“/ Proverbs 3:5-6
Noticed something today when I was shooting basketball that made a lot of sense when it comes to our life with the Lord. I usually shoot around in my driveway before I work out to get warmed up and I know if I don’t start with a few form shots close to the goal then my shot is going to be terrible. If I just go out there and start shooting from everywhere then I’ll be able to get into the construction business and build a house with all my bricks. I’ve learned after the many years of struggling to shoot with perfect follow through that I have to take a minute and focus on my form before I start shooting. If you’re a basketball person or not here’s what I mean by “perfect follow through”; when you raise the ball to shoot, the left hand is there as pretty much a tool to hold the ball then the right hand does all the work, flicking the wrist in s straight line towards the hoop and following through like you’re reaching in the cookie jar. My problem with my form has always been my left hand. For some reason my left hand doesn’t want to just be there barely doing anything, it wants some of the action in the follow through. After shooting today I realized every time I miss it’s because my left hand is trying to do what only my right hand does, follow through. When I would make shots, it was because my left hand stayed out if the way and my right hand did the heavy lifting by doing all the work. A perfect follow through, SWISH!!!
I got to thinking about how much I am like my left hand when it comes to my daily walk with the Lord. I want to make all my shots so bad and be successful in my Christian life, I start to try to do more than just be there with the Lord as my right hand doing all the work and making all the shots possible. I want to make shots so I try to follow through and then I miss shots, the more I try to be in control of my life, the more shots I miss and the deeper I go into the slump of building a house with my bricks. I try to step up to the position of the Lord and be in control, making it happen and making shots but with each time I try to be apart of it, “lean on my own understanding” I fail. Thank God we’re just a left hand and He takes care of the follow through. If it was up to me I’d be a walking missed shot, a complete failure but when I come to the Lord and lean on His understanding that He is God and I am not. That He is in full control and I can’t be, the perfect follow through through the perfect sovereign God, leads to a life of peace, joy, freedom, and victory! Made shots!!! The more I try to do His job the more I fail, the more I become stressed, insecure, and fearful of every move I make. We have to know our position with the Lord, we are just the left hand, a tool that the right hand uses to work through, to bring glory to His name and to make shots, make a true everlasting impact in others lives for the Kingdom of God. We may go through this game a million times to learn the hard way but lets start each day and work on our form. Whether that’s devotion time in His Word, prayer, coming to Him and giving it all to Him, submitting yourself to His understanding and His powerful work He has set out for you. Know that you can’t do His job, only He can make shots, only He can make your paths straight. Be a left hand a do your job, just be there with the right hand. Be there with the Lord, in position ready to follow His lead, He’ll do the work with the perfect follow through and it’ll be easy to feel the difference in His perfect follow through and our broken attempts.