Today during my training I failed a lift. It was a weight that I’d successfully lifted before. Since it’s my practice to video my lifts, my coach advised me to watch the video to figure out what happened. He wouldn’t let me redo the lift until I could identify what went wrong.
It took several replays before I realized the problem was mental, not physical. My left foot slid forward, I lost focus, and the leg drive needed to power through the lift. So when the bar rolled in the wrong direction in my hands, I couldn’t recover it. After identifying my issue, I changed my shoes and completed the lift.
In our spiritual lives, we may not have the luxury of a video to analyze. But, there may be times when we need to take a moment, assess our shortcomings, and determine what changes we need to make.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NIV
God is faithful and just. Confession increases intimacy with Him. If we allow it to penetrate our spirit, His forgiveness helps us grow and develop our character, which brings wisdom. And gaining wisdom is a part of the purification process that helps us to live godly lives. If you’ve experienced a failure, take some time to review what went wrong so that you can get back on track with Him.
A Prayer for Today:
Holy Father, we bow our hearts before You in praise. Lord, we need You to illuminate the darkness in and around us. We seek Your face and ask for help in determining where our feet may have slipped or where we took a wrong turn. Turn our hearts toward You and help us to walk worthy of Your calling on our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.