Why do you think companies spend enormous amounts of money on advertising during the half time report of any sporting event? Because they know people want a detailed analysis of the first half as they anticipate the second. The first half of the game provides insight as to how the second half is projected to go. Keep in mind that it is only a projection and they really don’t have the final say.
So it is the same with us. We are at the half way mark of this year. Just like the sports pundits, we make an assessment of how effective we have been in accomplishing our goals the first half of the year. Similar to the pundits, there is a finite amount of information we have in order for us to make that assessment. We can only view it from our vantage point.
You see, the sports pundits go by what their eyes can see. They don’t know all the information. Back in the locker room each team is assessing the first half of the game. They are establishing new strategies to win from their analysis and their vantage point. As they analyze the first half, they adjust their strategy to alleviate obstacles that prevented them from being successful. The sportscasters covering the game are not privy to these adjustments. They can speculate, but they don’t have all the facts.
You are the same way. The forces of this world trying to prevent you from accomplishing your goals have limited perception. However, as you and God meet in the locker room you all are developing a new strategy for you to win. Only you and God know what is happening in that locker room. God’s report supersedes any half time report of the forces of the air.
Howbeit, you still have to do something. In the locker room of prayer and meditation, God is providing you with the play book. It is up to you to execute the plays. Just like professional athletes who have exceptional prowess as some of the best in the world, each of us have been endowed with exceptional abilities when we follow the instructions of our Coach.
Each player is on the field playing the game. Their vantage point is different from the coach’s. The coach can see the play of everyone, but each player is focused primarily on their position. The coach doesn’t just analyze the game, but the crowd as well. So the coach knows that if you don’t get the crowd out of the game, you can lose because of the negative chants from the opposing team’s fans that can get in the head of his players. The coach knows that when you go out for the second half of the game, the cacophonous noise from the crowd has to be silenced. You need a big score!
This win will silence the loudest crowd. It doesn’t matter if you are in a sports arena or the arenas of your mind, those negative voices are pivotal to your success or failure.
How are you going to silence them? You got it! You are going to score big! Wow! You have taken the crowd of negativity out of the game! You’re gaining momentum as you propel through the second half and win it all!
What are your goals for the second half of the year? Have you taken time to assess what worked, what didn’t and what new goals and strategies you have for the second half?
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. Psalms 147:5 (KJV)
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2 Tim 4:7 (KJV)
Brothers, it is clear to me that I have not come to that knowledge; but one thing I do, letting go those things which are past, and stretching out to the things which are before, I go forward to the mark, even the reward of the high purpose of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13-14 (BBE)
Don’t you realize that everyone who runs in a race runs to win, but only one runner gets the prize? Run like them, so that you can win. 1 Cor 9:24 (GW)
So I run—but not without a clear goal ahead of me. So I box—but not as if I were just shadow boxing. Rather, I toughen my body with punches and make it my slave so that I will not be disqualified after I have spread the Good News to others. 1 Cor 9:26-27 (GW)
Father, I’m in the second half of this year. So many negative voices are trying to dissuade me not to keep moving forward. In the first half, I didn’t do all I had intended, but as I listen to You I will be able to silence those cacophonous voices by making one big score after another. When the year comes to a close, I will look back and know that when I came out for the second half I scored big time after time. I won’t look back because I have been propelled to succeed regardless of the negative report of the first half. Your report is the only one I believe! Your report forecasts nothing but success! Amen.