If you’ve ever watched basketball or really any sport before you have probably heard this conversation by an announcer or by a coach talking about his team.
“They showed real poise out there today”
“They have been here before”
“The leadership and experience on this team makes everyone else around them better”
Its now March Madness so…I was watching a game the other day where one team (the higher ranked team) was losing early in the game by a big amount. They continued to follow their game plan, despite being so far behind. Ultimately (although slowly) they caught back up to the other team, and tied the game. Throughout this “come-back” all the announcers could talk about was how they stayed calm under pressure and it didn’t matter how far down they were. They talked about games they had been behind in before and how they came back from those. They talked about how it takes a good coach and upperclassmen on the team to recognize this and keep the composure of the entire team.
They are right on all accounts. Experience is simply that, its the result of having something happen to you and knowing how to handle it the next time. Maybe you succeeded the first time, or maybe you failed, but either way, you learned from it.
There are many times in our lives that we can “get behind” or believe we are “losing.” But that doesn’t mean that we should throw in the towel and give up. There is always a way to “come-back” if we do the same thing that these experienced basketball teams to…
1. Don’t lose your composure
2. Remember what you learned from your past successes or failures
3. Look to those more experienced than you
4. Never stop fighting
While these are great traits of an experienced and well coached basketball team, they should be how we desire to live our lives as well. I promise that bad things are going to happen to you, this is life. But how you respond is what makes the difference. Be a leader, and keep fighting for a come-back in your own life.
2 Timothy 2:2
“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”