Have you ever been to a sporting event and watched a team constantly fall back into a defensive mode, yet rarely attacking on the offensive side? The term we like to call that is “playing not to lose”. For whatever reason, some coaches forget that they are there to “play to win”, not just survive the game clock. I have rarely, if ever, seen a team win a championship by playing it safe and not going after the victory.
If that’s the case in sports, what about the journey of life?
“There’s more to living than being alive.” – Anberlin
Cute, right? I mean, that’s motivational speak 101! Go pursue your dreams! Live life to the full! Don’t let anyone judge who you want to become!
Then the bills come flooding in…
Then the tragedy in your family happens…
Then you have to move away from the city of your dreams (my hand is raised)…
Life isn’t fair and I think we all experience that more often than life being “abundant” or “exciting”. Let’s face it, life is full of the mundane and the occasional highlight. Brush teeth, get dressed, go to work, eat lunch, go back to work, go home, eat dinner, watch Netflix, feed your cat, go to sleep…It’s very predictable.
Yet, what if the unfair nature of life shouldn’t keep us in hiding from the future, allowing life to just “happen” to us?
I often ask other people about their dreams, their hopes for the future, and their current investment in their passions. Their answer? “Well, I just want security and a good salary.”
Is that what we’ve really become? Don’t get me wrong, I work for a living and we all must to pay our bills, but is that it???
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
If we’re being honest with ourselves, we are often guilty of looking into the future, seeing the uncertainty, and resorting to a “play not to lose” strategy. That girl you want to ask on a date? She’s out of your league, so you decide not to ask her out for coffee, possibly missing out on a wonderful relationship that could have been. That job consuming your dreams? You’re afraid you’ll fail, so you don’t put in the work necessary.
Stop sabotaging your future. God is already there and He will be with you through the journey. We are responsible for creating the future by the decisions we make now and the rest is in God’s hands.
If we’re going to make choices each day, let’s begin making the choices that actually matter. Stop letting the future hold you back from the person you long to become!