Friday, October 7, 2011

My Friend Friday - "I'll Win It for You" Guest Post (and giveaway)

Today I have another guest post for you, this time from Staci Stallings. I think you'll really love the message she  highlights in this--I know it hit home for me this morning!

As with last week, if you leave an encouraging comment for Staci, you'll be entered into this month's giveaway. More details at the end. But first, the main event!

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I’ll Win It For You

The game was tight. Archrivals had faced off for three and a half periods in a seesaw battle that was going down to the wire. As the clock ticked down, the two sides traded the lead back and forth. Neither could be assured of victory because with the game so close, anything could happen. 

From the sideline, the coach watched his team getting more and more apprehensive as the seconds ticked away. They were missing shots they never missed. They were missing opportunities they didn’t miss. Even their body language said, “This is bad. We might lose this one.”

With less than a minute left, the coach called a time out.  Now he knew that every girl on that court had been over the plays a million times. They didn’t need elaborate help to set up a play for a last second win. They needed to calm down and play the way they knew how to play. So when they bent into that huddle, the coach told them something more than a little unconventional. “Go out there. Play the game. Have fun.  Do your best, and I’ll win it for you.”

No pressure instructions. No you have to win this or we lose to our rivals. No anxiety-inducing strategy. Simply, “Go play, and I’ll win it for you.”

To my way of thinking, that was an audacious statement because in reality, it wouldn’t be the coach taking the shot that would win or lose the game. He would be standing on the sideline with no direct control whatsoever.  However, this coach knew something about the training these girls had been through, and he knew without a doubt they could do it.  The problem was they didn’t know they could do it, and so, he let them rely not on themselves for the win but on him. 

The amazing thing to me when I really started thinking about this statement is that what that coach told his team is exactly what Jesus tells each one of us: “Go out there. Play the game. Have fun. Do your best, and I’ll win it for you.”

We think it’s all on us—that we have to get everything right, do everything perfectly, or our “win” will never materialize. In fact, we get sucked into this mentality that Heaven may be just out of our reach no matter what we do. However, I think the reality is that Jesus is the coach standing on the sideline having full faith that we can do everything He’s trained us to do. We can love just like He’s shown us.  We can give; we can live—not because we can do it on our own but because He’s right there, and He has faith that we have been given everything we need to win through Him.

I’m sure you know the end of the story. When the buzzer sounded, the team who had just gone out, had fun, and done their best was victorious.

One day the final buzzer of your life will sound, and the question at that moment will be this: Did you allow Jesus to be your coach? Did have faith that He would win the game for you—or are you still trying to win it yourself?; It’s a question worth contemplating. (Copyright, Staci Stallings 2003)

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A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. (Pick up the Price of Silence now for only $0.99! ) Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe every week with her various Internet endeavors including:

Books In Print, Kindle, & FREE on Spirit Light Works:
http://stacistallings.wordpress.com/

Spirit Light Books--The Blog: http://spiritlightbooks.wordpress.com/

And… Staci’s website http://www.stacistallings.com  Come on over for a visit…

You’ll feel better for the experience!

Connect with her on Twitter: @StaciStallings

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This month's giveaway is for the WhiteFire lineup! You can enter for a chance to win by leaving a comment below for Staci. For an extra entry, follow Staci's blog (and let me know in a separate comment that you do). You can also enter here and here.




7 comments:

  1. Regardless of how big of a sports fan we are, we can certainly relate to the take home question here...time to really think about it!

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  2. Hi. That was a great story. I find I am trying to "win the game" myself, which leads me to feeling depressed, angry, and sometimes physically sick. This is a thought provoker as I have really been trying to just enjoy life and trust in Jesus. Thanks.

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  3. What a GREAT analogy, Staci. Thanks, Roseanna, for sharing her with us :)

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  4. Great post! I like to think Jesus is the coach, but I'm sure there are plenty of times, I think I know better. Looking up to Him.... :O)

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  5. I just heard a similar story at college from on of my professors. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. a great reminder...thanks for sharing :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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