Sanctification is growing in knowing who you are
By knowing who God is
By receiving His love for you
Jesus cares about tennis because He cares about me and I care about tennis.
I get a burst of excitement in my gut on Monday evening because I get to wake up on Tuesday morning and play tennis. Tennis is good for my soul; I call this activity a mind eraser because every time I leave the club after a match, I need to purposefully recall what day of the week it is and what I have on my agenda for the day.
The first day of playing tennis was stressful so I called on Jesus to go first and pave the path for me. I could see through the eyes of my heart, Him sitting on the side lines by the net cheering me on with a smile on His face. This brought me comfort. From that first day on, I’ve chosen to invite Jesus on the court with me.
One time, after noticing who my opponents were, I realized a thought crossed my mind that spoke, “You are the weakest link on the court.” I felt defeated before the match even began and thought, dang, I’m going to lose. Then, I heard another thought cross my mind that spoke, “Who said you were the weakest link?” I was taken back. I immediately knew the second thought was from Jesus and instantly my mind went to the vision of Him sitting by the net. I knew the Lord was revealing to me how important it was in that moment, to choose which thought I was going to take captive, (1Cor. 10:3-5) because what I choose to think is how I will respond, and who I will become. (Pro.23:7)
I ended up winning that match, no lie. I was in complete awe of what the Lord just taught me. It wasn’t about winning the match that brought more freedom to my soul, it was about what I learned through the process.
By playing tennis, I’ve realized that sports are a parallel to life in many ways. My tennis game means more to me than the victory or defeat of each match; It’s the learning and experience of each game that builds my character. Just like my life is more than the victory or defeat of each circumstance; It’s the journey, each individual choice that I make, beginning with what thought I take captive, that builds my character. (Rom.5:3-4)
There is no wonder then, that Jesus cares about tennis, right? When I take delight in the Lord, He gives me the desires of my heart and leads me in a way that is beyond my own knowledge. (Psalm 37:4)