When my kids were little, one of our favorite movies was The Little Giants. Anybody remember that one? It’s a story about a little league football team made up of the kids who didn’t make the cut.
Anyway, it’s your typical story of the underdog prevailing. We haven’t watched it in years. But on my morning walk the other day, a quote from this movie ran through my mind. It keeps running through my mind. (I always consider this a nudge from the Lord to share with you.)
Let me set the scene:
The teams are at the line of scrimmage. The Little Giants in their second-hand, ill-fitting uniforms and the Cowboys in their pristine, expensive new suits. The rag-tag Little Giants are losing, it’s been a tough first half, but they rally with intimidation techniques they learned from a pro team. With foam coming out of his mouth from an Alka-Selser tablet, a Little Giant growls to his opponent, “Football is 80% mental and 40% physical.” The opposing player is thoroughly confused by the statement and misses his tackle.
What? “Football is 80% mental and 40% physical.”
Isn’t life like that? I know the numbers don’t add up. It doesn’t matter. What we think affects our tude (attitude). The apostle Paul knew it. He gave this great advice.
…..whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, (Paul) or seen in me–put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
“Life is 80% mental and 40% physical.” I focus on the mental a lot. But the physical does have to follow behind. Paul says, “Put it into practice!”
The Little Giants didn’t just stop playing because they were losing.
Sometimes it’s easy for me to just think about good things and wait for inspiration to hit me before I follow through. The problem with this is I get paralyzed, and I don’t move forward. I don’t get in the game. But I heard a sermon yesterday about stepping out in faith and doing what you know (at least 90% sure) God is telling you to do. We may not have 100% confirmation, but we know the direction He is leading. The other 10% has to be by faith.
If you’ve been standing on the sidelines totally intimidated, this is your encouragement to step out in faith today! Remember, David killed Goliath because He knew the God of Israel. Spend time with Him, then do what He is calling you to do. “Life is 80% mental and 40% physical.” Go girl!
Grace and Peace,