Thursday, July 17, 2014

Back to the Fundamentals

I used to play volleyball in college. (I LOVE volleyball.) Maybe you don't know anything about volleyball but the whole concept is three "hits" back over the net. You want to pass, set, and hit. Hitting is the exciting one. But passing is the one that we spent most of our time practicing. Passing is the fundamental skill of volleyball. If you can't pass you can't set and you can't hit. If you can't pass, you can't score. 

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I also play the piano. Want to know what I do almost every day when I sit down to practice? Scales and arpeggios. Is it boring? Yeah, kinda. But they make an incredible difference! 

No matter how advanced you get or how skilled you are, you never move past needing fundamentals. What are the fundamentals of your life? They may look different from mine but you need them. What do you need to do to pursue excellence in your work? 

Maybe you need to extend graciousness to your husband when he comes home in the evening even though you've felt more like a zookeeper than anything else that day. Maybe you need to get back to reading your Bible every day and pursuing a relationship with Christ. Maybe you need to spend more time teaching your children obedience and about Christ. Maybe you need a basic cleaning schedule that just keeps the house decent. Maybe you need to pick that job at your workplace that you don't like but needs to be done to make the work flow smoother. 

Maybe you've never thought of what the fundamentals of your life are. What roles do you have? What do you need to do in order to be faithful and do your best? 

What are some of the fundamentals of your life? How are you going to refocus on the things that matter? Or what are the fundamentals that you're excelling at?  Share in the comments and let me know what you're working on! 

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