As the winter sports season begins, it is another opportunity for Sportmoms to consider their personal sustainability. Failure to do this can, as they say on The Amazing Race television series - "result in elimination".
There have been times during Coach's long and grueling basketball season when I failed to take my longevity quotient into consideration. One particular season when Coach was in his first years as Varsity Basketball Coach I faced this issue. For some rather uninformed reason, I thought I could be his wife, be a mother of 2 young children, continue my career as a flight attendant, take care of the household responsibilities, teach a Sunday school class with Coach, teach piano lessons "in my spare time" and - as if that didn't stretch my time and energy to the limit - tackle the challenge of beginning a new young mothers ministry group at church. My schedule was, as I soon found out, not sustainable.
Not one, but all of my best-laid plans ended in some form of jeopardy. Deciding in the middle of the winter season which could stay and which must go was painful, disruptive and disappointing...but it was critical that I re-establish my personal sustainability in order to be effective at anything.
We can find great solace in our sustaining Creator. He set the world on it's axis with complete sustainability for the duration and He does the same for us. Here are a few examples of His sustaining power.
WARDROBE AND FOOT PROBLEMS?
"For forty years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen." Nehemiah 9:21
"I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me." Psalm 3:5
"You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great." Psalm 18:35****
"The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness."
"Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."
WEARINESS SET IN?
"Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me." Psalm 54:4
TOO OLD TO MATTER?
"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." Isaiah 46:4
Blessings . . . as you find your sustainability in Him.
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