Freedom to Play

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Here’s the interesting thing that every program runs into this time of year. We have 67 players in program but at any given time during the season, only 9 guys will be physically on the field for the Varsity team. This brings about an interesting dynamic that we’re seeing. Right now we are NOT in tryouts. We are in preseason. The purpose of preseason is to train, learn, and get better. Right now is about development, not performance. However, when you have 67 guys all trying to “prove” themselves to the coaches, other players and even themselves, it’s awfully hard to allow development to happen.

How would this be different if we truly believed something that we claim to understand?

Romans 8 says, “29 For those whom he foreknew (or to know beforehand) he also predestined (or determined beforehand) to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called (or summoned), and those whom he called he also justified (or proved to be just or right), and those whom he justified he also glorified (or to bestow honor, praise or adoration). “

From the beginning of time, God knew who we were, made a plan for our lives, and called us to live out that plan. And to those whom He called He justified. In the beginning we were created in God’s image. Our sin distorted that image so God sent His Son to pay our debt so that even though we have sinned that earns death, we can have life in Christ and be made right in God’s eyes, or justified. So we are not justified by our own actions, we are justified by the actions of Jesus so that we can once again be restored to the image of God by being conformed to the image of his Son.

Do we understand the absolute freedom that comes from not having to justify yourself? I think we all understand it, but if we believed it then it would remove so much self-inflicted pressure to perform that ultimately hinders us from the development that God has in store for us. Can you imagine the joy in just living and playing in a way that is a response to our justification not in search of it? As a program, can you imagine if 67 guys showed up to the ballpark everyday with a heart of boldness free from the fear of failure and to play with a joy that didn’t depend on performance? You that program could have any success? Want to find out?

Focus on growth and development, not your performance!