Game of Life
This is not a non-contact sport
There’s a lot of skills we can learn at hockey training. Ball control skills, positioning, tackling, and so much more. But the one that was strangest to teach… is confidence. And how we did it is a very cool spiritual insight.
What we did was have half the team put down their hockey sticks and just push the others around. Now, field hockey is technically a non-contact sport. But it’s not. So after half an hour of playing the game and constantly being pushed around, knocked over and shoved, the whole team suddenly started playing with more strength, more concentration and, most amazingly, more confidence.
In the game of hockey, they had discovered that if you expect the shoves and pushes, and are ready for them, you can stand up strong and play hard. You can be confident! And it’s the same in my spiritual life.
I have been getting buffeted and knocked about, pushed and shoved from all sides. And I keep playing. So now, I expect the buffeting. I know that when my spiritual life is going well, the opposition is going to drop the shoulder and try to knock me over. And because I expect it, because I’ve already been there and know I can play through it, it doesn’t shake me. Quite the opposite in fact.
The pushing and shoving makes me more committed, more focussed and more confident. Our spiritual life is not a non-contact game, so don’t be surprised when you get a stay elbow or a rude shove from the opposition.
Remember last week, we talked about wearing armour when you play? That gives me confidence too. Being protected and knowing I’m going to get hit means I can play my hockey with no fear and no holding back. It’s exactly the same in my spiritual life. So play hard. It’s how winners do it.
26/08/2017 / Kit Densley