Setting Up for Success

Six girls cover the court moving in perfect rotation. The opposing team serves the ball to the back row. The receiver passes the ball up to the setter. She sets it up high allowing the time for the hitter to spike the ball. The hitter crushes it. Perfect kill. The crowd roars, cheering on their favorite team. This is just one of the scenarios you might experience if you play collegian sports.

This year I get the privilege of playing volleyball for my collegian. At tryouts, my coach decided that I’ll make a good setter for the team. As a setter, there are several different things that you have to do so that your hitter can get a solid spike. The setter should set the ball high, set it accurately, and listen to her coach.

Just like setting a volleyball, we need to set goals for ourselves.

  • First of all, set your goals high. God can do great things with your life! Set yourself some goals to accomplish this year. Strive to make all A’s. Maybe just decide that this semester you’re going to do something you haven’t done before like go on a Christian service or try out for a collegian sport.
  • Second, set your goals accurately. Don’t make it like those New Year’s resolutions like “I’m going to run a marathon by the end of this week.” Be realistic, but still aim high! Goals are not going to do you any good if you don’t try to accomplish them.
  • Last, but definitely not least, listen to what God is teaching you. In life, we have Someone so much greater than any coach. God gave us the Holy Spirit. He guides us in choosing right instead of wrong. As much as a coach knows about a volleyball game, God knows so much more about us and our Christian walk. He will help us through everything throughout our lives.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.” My goal in volleyball this year is to be the best setter I can be. God expects nothing less than our best from us. So why don’t you give it to Him? Seek to accomplish your highest goals this semester through the strength of Christ.

1 Response

  1. Ted

    I love this Volleyball analogy!

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