Don’t aim the ball, throw it!

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” Philippians 3:6 (NIV)

In sports, there is a principle that helps an athlete perform. It’s called “the follow-through”. Golfers and baseball players need to swing through the ball, not at the ball. To shoot a basketball, you have to flick your wrist after the ball leaves the finger tips.

As a youngster, my favorite football player was Dick Butkus. He didn’t just tackle runners, he demolished them (check it out on youtube). Not only was Mr. Butkus big and fast, he knew the secret of tackling. He didn’t aim to merely hit the ball carrier, he ran through the ball carrier. We could say he tackled with “the follow through”.

As we live our day to day lives around others, we can take different approaches. We can use and hurt people, completely self driven and damaging to us and them. We can go about our own business with a true apathy toward them, safe and harmless. Or we can have “the follow through”; not only coexist, but look to meet their needs. Say an uplifting word, give a gift, pray for them, hand them a bible verse (you would be surprised at how people respect the bible and are encouraged to get a verse), help them out… Don’t aim for the ball, making sure our own needs are met. Have “follow through” by going past that by reaching out to others. This will impact them, and will open the gates for God to invade our soul with inner joy, peace and blessings.


Heavenly Father, give me “the follow through” mentality of going past thinking of just myself, and into thinking of others needs also. Develop my heart so that I can get the most out of the life You have given me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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