I arrived at the basketball court at the same time as the people who asked me. They wanted to begin playing almost immediately. I like to warm up several minutes, just to make sure I am going through the right shooting technique and get in "my flow." However, I don't know if I got to shoot 10 shots before we began the game.
Well, in my first game I stunk it up. In other words, I couldn't hit a thing. I was missing the easiest shots; I was ugly. (Our team lost 21-19.) We played a second game, and I was "on fire." I think they said I scored eight straight buckets in that game. Our team won handily; I don't know the score. In the third game, I cooled down some, but I still hit some shots. (Could it be my old age?) We won that game also. In that game, I was told to play defense on a certain person with the same name. I think I discouraged him, because I often hindered his dribbling by slapping the ball away.
Why did I write this? This morning it occurred to me that there is a lesson I should remember from yesterday, and that I should pass it on to others. In basketball I need to warm up. I need to get my shooting technique correct, so that when I play a game I am more effective. Well, that is the reason to spend time with God in the morning before "life" begins each day. I need to spend time with Jesus each morning in order to effectively follow Jesus the rest of the day. The more I spend with him and pray through the day in the morning, the more I will keep him as the focus and experience his presence throughout all the activities, if not turmoil, of the day.
Right now, I need to stop writing and go warm up for the day.
Peace be with you!