Sunday, September 24, 2006

James 1:19-27

My daughters had their first volleyball games of the season on Saturday. For the last 3 weeks, they have been practicing and working on their skills and this was the first chance they had to compete using what they have learned.

In a controlled practice situation, players usually do a pretty good job of executing the skills that are being taught, but in the pressure of a game it’s very common for players to revert to old habits or poor technique which leads to errors or poor play. That’s what made it so exciting to see during the game that the girls were executing some of the things that were talked about in practice. They were able to act on what they were hearing and being taught.

Sometimes we hear the word but it takes an “event” before we begin acting on it. One girl on the volleyball team heard the coach’s serving instruction during practice and the best techniques to use for a successful serve, but she wanted to serve her own way. During the first game she was unsuccessful in all her serves and it cost her team some points. After the team lost, she realized that she should act on the serving instruction she had received. Between the games she talked to the coach again and did some practicing using the serving instruction. In the next game, she scored 5 points off her serve and helped her team win the second game.

Acting on the truth of what we know is one of the lessons from today’s reading.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)

Alan Davenport

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