Pastor Alan, Contributing Writer – There is one skill in sports that successfully separates the average athlete from the sensational superstar. This special skill which is apparent in basketball, football and golf, among other sports, is called follow through.
The follow through is the part of a stroke, swing, or throw that continues after the ball has been struck, touched, or thrown. It is the act of completing an action or process.
If you are a shooter in basketball, a quarterback in football, or a golfer on the golf course, the follow through is what separates the best from the rest.
It is the follow through after the confrontations with opposition and contact on the pass or shot attempts that determine the success of the player on the court, field, or course.
In the game of life, confrontations and contacts are a part of our everyday encounters.
How we handle the obstacles, opinions, and opposition we face is evident in our follow through.
If we want to be a better student, a better spouse, a better friend, a better employee, or a better business owner, we can’t allow circumstances or conditions around us to cause us to capitulate or quit. These challenges and conundrums are nothing but opportunities for us to overcome our odds. We must choose to effectively follow through in our actions, ambitions, and attitudes in every situation in life.
So many of us have missed out on divine opportunities, because we quit and wave the white flag of surrender to soon. Remember, no matter what we encounter, it is always too soon to quit. This is our season and our year if we just learn to follow through.
My motto is “Live the Dream in 2016.” Below is some encouragement that has helped me change my mindset and follow through, and I hope it will help you as well.
- If you are in school and it is taking longer than planned to graduate, don’t stop now, but follow through.
- If you’ve been dreaming about starting your own business but are facing too many obstacles, don’t stop now, follow through.
- If your goal is to advance to the next level position on your job, but the odds seem to be against you and you are overlooked, don’t quit now, follow through.
- If your goal is to develop your spiritual life and draw closer to God, but every time you try to make time to attend church something comes up, don’t give up now, follow through.
It doesn’t matter how this first quarter has gone thus far in 2016, we still have 3 more quarters to go. If we follow through our adversities, burdens, circumstances, dilemmas, and encounters, we will find favor with God and man. Develop the game changer attitude, FOLLOW THROUGH, and be victorious.
“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” –Ecclesiastes 7:8
Pastor Alan is the Senior Pastor at Mount Corinth Church located at 4901 Providence Street, Houston, Texas 77020.