Part of what I enjoy doing on my blog is finding the connections between my studies in engineering and my Christian faith. Another thing I do is try to find connections between my playing soccer and my faith. I think there’s a lot of practical takeaways from soccer, or pretty much any sport, that you can apply to life.
Goalkeeper is a crazy position. So much of it is mental. How you bounce back after being scored on, knowing the right position to be in at what time, and just general decision making. The decision making is what I want to focus on right now.
In goalkeeping, we always say that once you make a decision, you need to stick with it. You can’t second guess yourself. In a position of milliseconds being the difference between a save and a goal, the slightest hesitation can change a game. All this thinking brought me to a general rule of thumb:
Commit. A good decision, made indecisively, is a bad decision.
I’ve learned to apply this both in soccer and in life. The more you second-guess yourself and are indecisive, the more you miss out. Sometimes you just have to dive in. It doesn’t mean be reckless. It means that if you do commit, go 100%.
Another interesting thing that I’ve learned is that even a bad decision can work out if you commit to it. Now, this more pertains to soccer. As a goalkeeper, you may choose to try to go catch a cross that you have no right to even try for, but it may end up putting you in the right place at the right time.
Looking at my life, I’ve made a lot of bad decisions that I may not have necessarily known were bad at the time, but they too put me in the right place at the right time. Furthermore, part of committing entirely, even to a bad decision, is to own up to it when it goes wrong.
You want recognition and congratulations for the decisions you make right, you want credit. Thus, you equally have to take the credit and acknowledge the wrong decisions.
So that’s where it all applies to life, where does God come in to the picture? Well, first and foremost, the decision to pursue God is one we are called to fully commit to. As I wrote about before, God doesn’t want just what we want to offer Him, He wants all of us.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'”
We are not called to be creatures of second-guessing or indecisiveness. We are meant to go forth with confidence and trust in the Lord. Besides, if the choices we make are truly to follow what we believe the Lord has planned for us, what reason do we really have to hesitate?
If the God of all power, the same God who created every tiny piece of this gigantic universe, is on our side and we choose to walk the path in life that He has blessed for us, what is there to fear?
Follow God, follow with all your heart, and don’t look back.
To God be the Glory.