As a coach I always try to teach my players to play smart. This involves making the easy pass; not dribbling into traffic; taking good shots; playing together as a team; etc. This involves making sure the players are fundamentally sound and know the game plan. It means making sure they value every possession and protect the ball.
This is vital because the defense is trying to set traps and force you out of what you want to do. The opponent will switch defenses; run junk defenses; run full-court presses; run half-court presses; even study you to know your weaknesses. The goal of the opponent is to take you out of your comfort zone; to take you out of your game plan.
Do you realize we have an enemy in life that is trying to do the same thing? The goal of the enemy is to distract us; to get us off course; to get us to “dribble into traps” and to “take bad shots.”
A very simple reminder this week: we need to regularly be studying God’s “game plan” and applying it on the “court” of life.
Proverbs 22: 5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
Life is a gift – value each day (“every possession”) by honoring the Lord! Play smart!