“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant,
but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who have been trained by it.”
Hebrews 12:11, ESV

March 13 begins March Madness. My family are huge basketball fans. I was on my high school team. My three children have played, and I coach our youngest. The goal of any coach is to get talented and strong players out on the court. The rest of the team watches the game from the bench.

Some players “ride the pine” because their skill level is lacking. Many have plenty of talent, but little self-discipline. Maybe they haven’t given their all in practice and aren’t ready to play. Some don’t give their best effort consistently. Talent is important. But tenacity? Tenacity will take you all the way.

Are you striving to bring your gifts to their full potential? Are you consistent? Are you in the game or have you settled for cheering from the sidelines?

As we commit to our training, we let go of former ways of thinking and old patterns. We begin to function at a higher skill-level – a higher faith-level.

Are you studying the Word of God as a means to prepare? It’s not enough to just skim through the required daily scripture reading so we can mark it off our Read the Bible in One Year schedule.

We are getting equipped, and that endeavor requires more than a casual approach.

We are all called to be players and coaches. We are students and teachers. We follow, and we lead. God blesses each of us. He provides, not so we can keep it for ourselves, but to give it away. We are expected to use whatever is in our hands to give and to serve.

Refuse to “sit this one out.” Make yourself ready. Couple your readiness with reliability, and reach out to train someone else.

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