The key phrase that has been resounding in my heart and echoing from the chamber of my mouth has been this:
Attitude and Effort.
You see, my daughter can swing a great swing in the comfort of the cage, when it's just her and her coach. But when she steps out onto that field, when she's the one upon whom all eyes rest, when the ball seems to transform itself into something other than a ball, her swing gets listless and weak. She lets the fear of being hit and disappointing her team sap her of her attitude and her effort.
Have you ever let fear cripple you?
I tell her -- it doesn't matter if you hit the ball. What matters is that when you walk out on the field, you show up and you give your best. What matters is that you try, that you try your hardest, and you don't let the fear rob you of what you know you have within you. You can't let fear win.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."And so, in the car on the way home from Chick-fil-a, we begin practicing, digesting and absorbing and planting these seeds into our hearts, that He is the one who conquers our fears. He is the one who gives us strength to go out and do the things that we set out to do.
Jesus is the one who makes you strong, Abigayle. Jesus gives you the strength to go out there and face your fears. With Him inside you and with you and right next to you, you do not have to be afraid.
So to you, sweet ones, who read these words on this page, even though they didn't come from the pulpit, or even on a Sunday, I offer the words He gave me for my daughter for you, too.
Jesus is the one who makes you strong, ___________. Jesus gives you the strength to go out there and face your fears. With Him inside you and with you and right next to you, you do not have to be afraid.Linking with Michelle at Graceful and Laura at The Wellspring.
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