As I am preparing today for our first round of post-season play in our district quarterfinals, I think about what I want to say to my team before we exit the locker-room and the take the floor for what could be their last game of the season. One phrase comes to mind over and over again….”Let Yourselves Be Great Tonight.”
I love my cast of characters! They are funny and determined and courageous, but not always at the same time. Often a few are scared or timid or unsure of their abilities, and it is these traits that create cracks in our collective armor and allow doubt and negative thoughts to creep in; which ultimately effects the way we play as a team. Instead of being warriors and positive teammates they allow trepidation to cause them to withhold their talents and communicate negatively or not communicate at all with their teammates and coaches.
This is the same concept we must consider in our Christian lives. God wants us to live our lives in a way that glorifies Him, a difficult task if we are constantly doubting ourselves and our abilities. Not fully believing in ourselves and our God-given abilities and gifts dims the light that we can allow God the shine through us! As for me, I want to be a beacon, allowing God’s love and power to shine through me onto other people; isn’t that what He calls us to do?
So, my challenge for my team as we exit the locker-room and prepare for battle… “Let Yourselves Be Great!” Open your hearts and minds and maintain a positive attitude that allows greatness to enter your lives (and your game) and give it your all.
- Believe in yourselves the way that I believe in you.
- Pull together as a team and communicate with each other for a common goal.
- Focus on the details about the game that you can control (rebounding effort and technique, hustle, positive communication with teammates and coaches, and refusing to allow self-doubt creep upon you).
- Maintain a positive attitude that allows good things to happen in your game.
- Let yourself enjoy this game, believing in your talents and God-given abilities.
Are we guaranteed the outcome we want? Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way; but I am in full belief that win or lose they will never regret opening themselves up to allowing greatness to flow through them and playing the game all out the way it is supposed to be played! Be Great Tonight Ladies!