Whether you recognize this or not, everyone has a favorite expression. This may be from a movie, lyrics in a song or a catch phrase you have developed over time. Whenever my oldest son James became focused doing something, especially in sports, he’d look over and confidently say, “I’ve got this.” This spirit of determination led to countless awards, medals and an individual and team state championship in track his season year.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, 2 Timothy 4:7.
During my first few seasons as a high school golf coach at Red Lion, I only had 3 reliable players I could count on. John, Chad and John were the foundation of a team that went to 2 straight state tournaments and a fourth place finish their senior years. After just missing states as freshmen and sophomores, this core group began to believe they were good enough. With the fate of the team on their shoulders, John, Chad and John developed a “we’ve got this coach” mentally. Subsequently, these 3 regularly earned all 5 points in 5-4 victories.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope, Romans 15:4.
When you don’t have someone to rely on in life, turning to the Bible is a great alternative source. There are ample passages in the Bible that inspire souls to keep going. Determination is a trait some possess naturally, but others can feed off of leaders, others or teammates to finish the job. May those struggling to find their way be encouraged and hopeful to overcome the odds to reach any dreams or goals you haven’t yet achieved.
by Jay Mankus