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Anything Is Possible Today
I grew up playing tennis playing mostly by myself.
Have you ever tried playing tennis by yourself? It’s not easy. Of course I had one of those little weights with the rubberband-thing attached to the ball, so I could hit it and it would stretch out and come back. And every now and then I could coerce my dad or my brother to play with me in the driveway.
For the most part, though, I hit against a the side of our house or, if I found a real court to play on, I carried a bag of tennis balls and hit each one to the other side.
Down the line forehand 30 times. Go pick up all 30 balls. Cross court forehand 30 times. Go pick up all the balls. I would do this for 3 hours at a time. Crazy, I know, but I loved it.
Fast forward to college. It was my freshman year and I’d decided to spend a morning at the campus tennis courts. They had backboards! (Seriously, can’t tell you how excited I was about that…)
After hitting for about an hour I noticed a creepy man watching me. I tried to ignore him, but then he talked to me.
Him: “What’s your USTA rating?”
Him: “Your USTA rating…?”
Me: “I don’t know what that is.”
Him: “I’m the Women’s Tennis coach here. I’d like you to come try out for the team.”
It was a dream I never even considered dreaming. And it was coming true. Granted, I was simply trying out to be a walk on. I wouldn’t be a top player or even be on the travel team, but …. wow…. For me, it was the impossible…and it was happening.
Suddenly, I started working out with professional trainers in world class workout facilities. I was surrounded by some of the best college tennis players in the country.
And, best of all, I didn’t have to play by myself anymore…
What Could Your Today Hold?
The first one is that ANYTHING is possible today. ANYTHING.
Today could be the day we become an incredibly patient moms.
Today one of your children could invite Jesus into their hearts.
Today you could get that pesky closet cleaned out or find the perfect Mac and Cheese recipe.
Today you could transform a child’s life.
The Importance of the Ordinary
In tennis, you don’t hit a great shot just because you know how to swing the racquet. More importantly, you hit a great shot because you get in position to hit it. Have you ever seen a little older lady play tennis? They can destroy and shred players half their age simply because they have played long enough to know how to get in the right position to hit awesome winners.
We position ourselves for awesome by being faithful with the ordinary.
Ordinary is playing tennis by yourself for 3 hours with no backboard and 30 tennis balls.
Ordinary is praying faithfully for your children when no one sees.
Ordinary is being willing to look like a goofball – who plays tennis alone?!
Ordinary is getting off the bench and playing tag with your kids at the park.
Ordinary paves the way for awesome.
If I hadn’t spent so many summer hours being ordinary, that coach would have walked right by.
Today = Anything
So, today, I challenge you to embrace the ordinary and believe the impossible. With God, all things are possible. Anything could happen today. Believe it, pray for it, live like it.
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