“I am going to whip you Dad. I am going to hit baskets from all over the court. You are afraid you will embarrass yourself!”
The confident words echoed in my ears, causing a bit of reflection. It was true that I did not want to embarrass myself. On the other hand, this was not going to be the stage on which I was going to do it!
“But, you have not even seen me play. How do you have any idea of how well or not so well I am going to do?”
“I just know Dad. You are going to lose!”
After taking care of business in the driveway a.k.a. Madison Square Garden, I stop to watch the kids play three-on-three. We often assume that we know how to win. Adults, especially “mature” Christians assume they know everything about God. They also assume they know what He means in their life. I respectively suggest that mature or otherwise, the large majority of us are clueless. We forget where we stand. We ignore the lessons of yesterday. We are unwilling to take an honest look at today.
To make matters worse, we rarely take the time to reflect on where we want to go! Consequently, we meander aimlessly and wonder why we are not getting the best life has to offer.
It is time to take a fresh and hopeful look at our true self. God has and still expresses hope and confidence in the future. The truth of this perspective comes in his repeated confidence that we can learn and grow. He gave his Word to us for that reason. “There's something here also for seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn – fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.” (Proverbs 1.5,6)
Today is a time to learn and grow. I am confident about the future; not because you or I have or even could do anything, rather because of God, what he has done and continues to do.