Game of Life
Always The Basics
Last time, I mentioned how my coach no longer has to tell me to do the basic things properly because I’ve learned. So now I can concentrate of doing more involved things. And how this is the same in my spiritual life. Once I have learned the basics and am no longer a newbie, God can use me to do ever more exciting things.
But all this must come with a warning. A warning we see played out every single season. It’s what happens when the top team gets beaten by the bottom team, or a good player is belted by one with less skill and less experience. This happens at the beginning of every season, in every sport.
Why? Because, as a team and as individual players we start the season prepared to move on to that higher level, but completely forget to focus on the basics that got us there. Every season. It always happens. We forget to make a big deal of being good at the basics.
And it’s exactly the same in my spiritual life. I’m doing well, going from strength to strength, God and me are rocking it. Then I screw up and fall flat on my face. Why? Because I forget the basics. I think I’m so faithful I don’t need to concentrate on the basic stuff anymore.
And boy am I wrong.
Every year, every season, every game, every day, the only way I can move forward is to remember the basics. So, as a team, we do the simple things and do them well.
As a man of faith, I constantly remember to rely on God, not me, and do the basic things like pray, forgive, listen. The opposition will always be trying to beat me and I make it easy for him when I forget to always do the basics. The bottom team can beat the top team if the top team doesn’t have its basics sorted. The most faithful person can tumble so easily if they just forget the basics of faith. It always happens. Unless you stop it.
21/12/2017 / Kit Densley