Taking the charge

In the United States…it March Maddness!  It the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament.  64 teams start.  3 weeks later we have a single champion.  I’ve been watching some of the games.  I watched a player take a charge the other night.

If you are not familiar with the term “taking a charge”…it is when an offensive player runs over a defender who has established his position on the court.  A defensive player establishes his position by having his feet set and is not moving prior to the impact.

Yes…I said impact.  The defensive player has to stand still and allow themselves to get run over by another player who is moving at full speed.  Let’s be honest…that is not normal.  Flinching is normal.  Moving out of the way is normal.  It is most likely why fans cheer excitedly when someone takes a charge because they know how courageous it is to stand still and firm.

Are we standing firm when God calls us to stand firm?  In our marriages?  In our role as parents?

It isn’t always easy.  Life will run us over at times.  Other people aren’t going to live like God calls us to live.  It will be difficult.  It might be hurtful.  It has a purpose.  And God has a game plan that will lead us to victory.

“Be on guard.  Stand firm in the faith.  Be courageous.  Be strong” – 1 Corinthians 16:13

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