Do you like to read or hear comments about someone who is unusually successful? I do, and I find grand thoughts from such stories and comments regularly. Such is today’s offering from a realm I know very little about, Professional Basketball!
“I always say you should be very careful with the voices you listen to. And my closest voices have always told me, "You can." Becky Hammon, assistant San Antonio Spurs coach.
Becky is not telling us that she listens only to voices that impart what she wants to hear, but to voices that make sense of her dreams and life goal. When the truth is known, most people have dreams, aspirations that they could achieve with the proper mindset, plus a little encouragement along the way.
The great ones in any field have heard the snide remarks, the well-intended “wisdom” of friends and associates to forget it, settle down to reality. Becky knows that the wisdom that can help to realize her dream will be straight forward and designed to help her to keep focused on what she wants to achieve instead of focusing on what others suggest she is incapable of accomplishing.
Bible readers may recall the taunting that David, the Shepherd boy, who gathered his courage and went out to fight a 9-foot giant with only a slingshot. Even the giant ridiculed him! David followed the inner voice of “I come against you in the Name of The Lord,” thus accepting encouragement from the “voice” of truth, often expressed like this,
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
When I was young, I briefly worked as a vacuum cleaner salesman. During that time, I heard the president of the company tell his story of coming to the States as an immigrant from Puerto Rico. He arrived in the U.S. on a banana boat, got a job with the company selling vacuum cleaners and was then the president of the company. He often stated, “If you think you have failed, you’re right.” He would encourage we mere mortals with many motivation sparks, in an attempt to help us believe we could. Here’s one of his favorites:
“If you believe you can you have a better chance of success.”
In his attempt to instruct and encourage believers in the church at Philippi, Paul wrote:
Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV)
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