Once a week we have “clinic”, where our whole team gets together and learns new techniques and practices playing. Our tennis pro is always full of tips and advice, but this week he said something that stuck in my brain.
We have no power over the sex, drugs and violence that comes on TV.
We have no power over what movies are coming out in the theatres, or the fact that the ratings are far too lenient, and most PG-13 movies are really not suitable for anyone under 18. Lets not even discuss the rated R movies.
We have no power to control other peoples behaviors, religious beliefs, democrats, republicans, laws, gas prices, politics in the workplace, backstabbing, unethical practices, grocery prices, job losses, insurance companies, foul language in our schools, homosexuality, smoking, drug use, drunk drivers, or peer pressure against our children.
Our enemy gives us lots of opportunities to follow his ways, instead of Gods ways each day. From little white lies which will protect our best interest, to major sin that we keep hidden in our hearts, opportunities abound. Our only hope is to be prepared to stand tall and firm, despite what the opposition may bring.
Life is kind of like a tennis court. We each have our side. We try to stay on the right side, but sometimes the balls that get thrown at us are either difficult to handle, cause us to stumble, force us to make challenging decisions, or throw us off course. But if we choose the right court position, that is, to stay on Gods side and choose Him as our partner, we are much more likely to exercise the power we have within us, deep in the wells of our hearts, to do what it is right in Gods eyes…… knowing in our hearts that what is right in Gods eyes, is not always accepted by those around us. That is why we are called to take up our cross and follow Him.
(Below is a picture of me (2nd from left) and a few of my sweet tennis buddies!)