I was listening to a pastor give a sermon on television the other day and it was as if time stood still when he made the comment, “Your discipline determines your destiny.” My mind immediately went to a dream I had several months before.
We came to play
I dreamed I was on a basketball team and all I was interested in was getting on the court with my teammates to play. Our uniforms were grey and bland. Our pre-game warm up was mediocre at best and if we did play, our game would have been even worse (I woke myself up before we played). We didn’t have any plays, but figured we could wing it and make things happen. And, we didn’t even have a coach.
They came to win
Not so for the other team. Even in their pre-game warm up it was apparent they came with a mission and that was to win. Their coach was a strong leader and with all eyes fixed on him, they followed his every command. From the number of people on their squad and their unity as a team to their bold colored uniforms and intense pre-game practice, this team had a spirit of excellence about them. It was intimidating to the team I was on and before a single dribble took place we knew we had already lost.
A spirit of excellence
This is the type of preparation we all need when we use our gifts and talents for God’s kingdom. When we practice our game and strive to have a spirit of excellence in all that we do, we put ourselves in the coveted position of winning even before the game is played. This is how we find favor and gain greater influence to transform our world.
Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Daniel 6:3 (ESV)
(Updated March 7, 2018. Originally published April 27, 2012.)