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Playing Up

 Written by Dustin Bursey

Matthew 6:34 - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own

1 John 5:14-15 - Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am our God. I will strengthen you and help you.

     At one point or another in your hockey career you will be faced with the opportunity to “play up” – that is to take your game up a level of competitiveness. For some, this could involve moving up from the minors to the pros, yet for others it could simply mean moving up from the 3rd line to the 1st line. In either case, we initially associate feelings of joy, excitement, and accomplishment when progressing through this occasion. Sometimes however feelings of fear, anxiety and worry crowd out the good feelings as we internalize questions such as: am I good enough to “play up”? Will the new team welcome me? Will I live up to my parent’s expectations?

     We are all going to deal with doubt, however it is important to understand that this is not the opposite of faith. It just means we are human yet if left “un-checked” this type of worry corrodes faith and is self-tormenting. This is not to say that you should not be thinking or planning ahead for your success, however the moment you become preoccupied or easily consumed by doubt it may be an indication to build up your faith.

     Thankfully God says, “don’t worry” I will look after you. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” Matthew 6:34. When you are in the dressing room, doubt is in the dressing room and sometimes we need to ask God for help. Tell Him, “yes I believe, help my un-belief.” Do not let your feelings and emotions derail your faith. Ask the Lord, the “God-of-the-Angel-Armies” to assist you. Declare His goodness and He will make you an overcomer. And just when you think that your first goal, first win of the season, or first championship could not come soon enough, remember that God’s delays are not God’s denials. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. “ 1 John 5:14-15

     God challenges us to live a vibrantly in our broken world. He knows this and gives us the greatest piece of equipment to deal with doubt – the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we fail to pay attention to the inward nudge of the Spirit, but that small calming voice inside of you is often how God speaks to us and gives us peace, reassurance and power to succeed in our choices. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “for God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” God wants us to be assertive and bold in our choices and assures us of his closeness during those times of doubt, “so do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am our God. I will strengthen you and help you…”Isaiah 41:10.

     His quite voice will give direction each day – at home, at the arena and in the most unlikely situations. The more you yield yourself to His leading voice the easier it becomes to follow Him. And remember, He is never condemning and always leads you to truth. Take time today to tune out the other noises so that you may be led out of worry and into his righteousness, peace and love. Remember when you are child of The Most High you are fighting from victory not for victory.

Discussion Questions?

Can anyone add a single hour to your life by worrying?
Have you ever taken a moment to feel the nudging on your heart when faced with a difficult decision or task?

What can you do to build up your faith in times of delay or doubt?

God is more interested in building our character then our comfort. As you have face various trials and come face to face with failure, or loss what has God tried to teach you through these experiences, how did you grow and learn from it?



1 comment (Add your own)

1. Sayed wrote:
機會係個天俾嘅 yes. BUT it is only those who are prepared that can see and capltaiize the chance given. The people who always blames god/命/天 that there is no chance is absolutely wrong! If they haven't prepared, work hard or think hard, how can they see the chance themselves, even if they see the opportunity is right in front of them, they wont have the skills, connection, knowledge or experience to take advantage of it.How sad!!!Bomb

Thu, March 26, 2015 @ 4:50 PM

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