By “settles” I am referring to a player that doesn’t use the gifts/talents he is blessed with… maybe settling for a jumper when he should be driving to the hole; or settling for making a pass and not looking for his shot. By “forcing” I am talking about the player that continues to shoot ignoring his teammates and their strengths; or over-dribbles again not allowing for the flow of his team. The common denominator is poor decision making; not making the proper reads on the floor.
Life is full of “making reads” that require us to take action or possibly to avoid things… this is called wisdom and discretion. I daily try to spend time in the Proverbs and obviously they are written with the idea of listening to instruction, making good choices, avoiding laziness, etc.
I don’t like seeing believers that are “settling” and not using their gifts! I also don’t like seeing believers “forcing” the issue and not hearing from the Spirit on direction (which is often a result of not seeking Godly counsel.)
A few great verses from my last few days reading on “making good reads”:
Making good choices: Proverbs 11:22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a lovely woman that lacks discretion.
Listening to clear instruction: Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
Not forcing it on our own: Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.
Let’s Go MAD (Make A Difference) together!