Updated: Jan 11, 2020
For those of you who don't know, I am a volleyball coach by trade, but I actually work in athletics operations now. I have the privilege of running operations for Auburn University's volleyball program. As the Director of Operations, I attend practice every day, travel, keep and analyze stats, and sit on the sidelines of all of our matches. Spending the last nine years in close range of female athletes, I have found one mantra to stand the test of time: “what’s in the way is the way.” As I sit here on a bus after a disappointing loss, I am reminded of all the training, practices, film sessions, and conditioning my team as a whole has gone through. However, in college sports, each player is given a specific task that if all tasks are executed, the opponent will pick the team apart one weakness at a time. I think female athletes especially struggle with owning their own weaknesses. We would rather focus on the good and positive while the area the opponent is using to beat us is getting ignored every day. So, if the opponent can not only see these weaknesses but use them as leverage over us, doesn’t it make more sense to get in front of these weaknesses ourselves and learn how to defeat with them?
The devil plots the same way. He will actually use the good God has given us and use it to distract from what he’s actually using to destroy us. The excitement over your promotion at work is actually distracting you from the fact that you've flipped out on your husband five times this week. Or, in the case of sports, being really proud about what you did on offense when the next opponent will capitalize on your horrible defense. Sometimes the exact obstacle we are avoiding is the exact thing we need to address in order to start back on the right path. And, by the way, you ignoring your problems actually makes it EASIER for you to be attacked. Don’t ignore or hide or cover things up! God already knows what you fear AND He has already made a plan to conquer it!!! Release yourself from “I’m fine” to a spirit of ownership over an area that needs improving. If you’ve been making excuses about your health, effort, attitude, etc, OWN IT and make a plan to work on it. There is no exhale like the one after we confess our shortcomings and vow to make a change.
The definition of liberated is " freed from imprisonment, slavery, or enemy occupation." Pause a second to take inventory on yourself. What causes your heart to beat faster in fear? What haunts you when you're trying to relax? Do you put things off? Do you blow a gasket on your kids? Do you lie to your spouse about how much money you spend? What if you could be liberated from it? What if you found habits, life verses, accountability partners, and positive self-talk to put the enemy in its place? The first step is looking sin in the face and telling it "YOU HAVE NO JURISDICTION HERE." Whether you'd like to drop a few pounds or you're trying to save your marriage, Jesus died on the cross for THIS. Whatever makes your heart sick, He wants to empower you to first, adapt, second, overcome, third deploy into the world to help others!
Don't believe me? See below.
2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me ‘my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Your pride that causes you to hide your weaknesses is stifling God’s grace for you!
DON'T DO THAT!!