Choking Under Pressure


Growing up, I loved playing baseball.

I was actually kinda good at the game, but there was one particular situation that I almost always failed in…

Executing under pressure.

I still remember the 2 outs, down by 1 scenario that every baseball player dreams of. What’d I do? I struck out for the first time all game.

The final out scenario when I got an easy popup at first base. What’d I do? I let the ball fall out of my glove.

I never was good at executing under pressure. I usually messed it up.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

Jesus took the pressure off.

The end is not in doubt. He’s already overcome the world.

What I have to do is just run up the score.

It’s amazing the freedom and joy that comes when the pressure’s off.

It doesn’t mean that I can quit, it just means that it isn’t up to me.

Operating in complete freedom and victory makes life a lot more fun than it would be if the end was in doubt!

Passion: Catch It

My South Carolina Gamecocks (well, I say “my”, but I don’t own em or play for em) won the College World Series last night.

Living fairly close to Columbia SC, I’ve gotten a chance to experience the celebration first hand.

With the local sports radio station phone lines ringing off the hook from callers wanting to celebrate and talk about their Gamecocks and with what I’ve read online, I have come to a conclusion…

Passion is contagious.

No matter what you’re passionate about, passion breeds passion.

If people (myself included) can get excited and passionate about a sport, how much more should our passion be with the things that matter.

How much more passionate should we be about our faith?
How much more passionate should we be about eternal life?
How much more passionate should we be that God offers free grace?

If you’re passionate about something, let it show.
If you’re passionate, go at it with all you have.

Passion is contagious, who’s catching yours?

Touching or Weird?

I don’t know how many of you caught this game last weekend.

Towards the end of the game, one of West Virginia’s greatest players of all time went down with an injury.
His head coach went onto the floor to console him.

I’ve heard a few people talk about how awkward of a moment it was, and I’ve heard some talk about how touching of a moment it was.

Watch and then decide…

Touching or Weird?