Monday, May 3, 2010

Freedom To Shoot Away

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
2 Corinthians 3:17

Caleb shoots some hoops
I was watching my two year old, Levi, play basketball with his much older siblings, Taylor and Caleb. Taylor and Caleb would take a few shots and then let Levi shoot. The goal is the standard 10 feet, so there is not much of a chance that my little one will even come close; the ball barely goes any higher than his own sweet little head. The funny thing is he doesn't mind and neither do we. He shoots and smiles and we all clap for him.

As I delighted in his pleasure of the moment, I couldn't help but think on the freedom Levi was enjoying. There was no pressure to make the basket, no pressure to get it a little higher, no pressure to do anything. There was only opportunity and freedom and he was not afraid to run in, take it and relish it.

What a great picture of what Christ desires for me! Everyday my life is filled with opportunities to take a shot and to be a part of something bigger. God is giving me an occasion to run in, take the chance and savor it.

But, if I am honest, I must admit that I miss many of those chances because of my fears. What if I can't do it? What if I miss? Immediately, I think of ways that I might fail. If I let these fears rule me, I will choose to miss the opening the Father has provided me.

God has given me the ball and said, "Here, you get to take a shot now," and I am lost in a world of my deficiencies. I think I can somehow mess this up, while God knows my capabilities and isn't concerned in the least about me scoring the winning basket. He isn't asking me to carry the team, He is simply inviting me to be a part of something beautiful. The Father is not going to laugh at me for not getting the ball above my head. If there is any laughter at all, it will be the pure joy of God in watching his child trust Him.

I want to learn to bless the Father by luxuriating in the freedoms and joys He sends to me each day. Maybe if I watch Levi closely enough, I can begin to learn how.

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