Basketball!!! Woo Hoo!!! I am soo excited for my first game, which just happens to be Tuesday! 🙂 I have been waiting all school year for this game but I am so nervous! I’m nervous because it’s my first high school game!! 😀 I am also nervous because I’m not sure I will be the best Christian example that I need to be. I sorta have an attitude when I get mad and I need to learn to control it. I want people to see who I am and what I stand for. I am a child of God and I want people to know that. Not only can I talk to people about God but I can now also show them that I am a respectable young lady. Sounds corny I know, but I love to get smiles on elderly people’s faces while I’m being polite. It’s just one of those things that has always made me smile. I now have the opportunity to show EVERYBODY what i stand for while doing something that I love.
Another great thing about basketball is that you have a whole other family. Spending 2 1/2 hours after school every day, plus all the trips we go on, is a great way to get to know someone. Which also means you will learn what they believe about the Bible, about God, and about salvation. It’s pretty awesome to get to know people in every grade 9-12. You also learn everybody’s strengths and weaknesses. You know what you can depend on one person for and what the other person is about to do. If you know it’s not a smart move and you see them in trouble you make sure to yell this at them so they can, as my coach says, “recover”. We need to be the same way with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Get to know them not only for support in a bad time but also to help them along. Learn who can help you with certain tasks or know what your “support system” is going through to make sure that they don’t make a mistake they will regret.
The last thing that I’m going to point out about basketball is that you have to be in shape to play. Once you get out of shape it is hard to get back in. I have learned over the years that you have to work your tail end off to get into shape. It is absolutely miserable!! It hurts so bad the next day. You are constantly reminded hour after hour when the bell rings that you are still hurting. Your muscles are soo sore. Conditioning is like a sin in a silly way. When you sin it’s not bad while you’re doing it but the next few days while it’s on your conscious it hurts so bad, you regret it so much. Considering I have played ball for 6 years I have learned to mentally prepare myself for conditioning. I let myself know beforehand that I will be hurting but that I can do it. I can overcome the small task that lays ahead of me the next day compared to the rest of my life or even eternity. We also need to mentally prepare ourselves for a sin. Don’t let yourself in the environment where a sin can easily occur, prepare your mind to say no so you won’t regret doing something that you know is wrong. I love basketball for so many reasons, whether it’s the game itself or the lessons it teaches. I am a warrior princess in THE Kingdom of God and I WILL let that be known. 🙂