Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”    – Galatians 6:4 

My son played on Upward’s 6th grade competitive basketball league this year.  It was a great experience for him.  (Upward is a Christian sports league/sports ministry.  I highly recommend it if it’s offered in your area.)  The select league was limited to a specific number of players and each boy brought his own skills, talents, and gifts to the league.   Some of the boys were quick.  Others had great agility or good instincts for handling the ball.  My son’s gift was that he was taller and bigger than most of the boys on the league.  

The team of coaches were excellent, and we were especially pleased with the coach for my son’s team.  He knew how to push the boys further while being positive and encouraging.   He also recognized each boy’s strengths and helped them to make the most of their strengths.   My son is a ‘gentle giant’, so often the coach would encourage him to be more aggressive and use his size to his advantage. “Be big!”, his coach would yell, meaning that he wanted my son to raise his hands higher, reach wider, and make the most of his ‘gift’ of size.  My son quickly caught on and was soon using the ‘Be big!’ idea to make the most of his physical stature so that he could improve as a player. 

The boys on this team did a great job of bringing their gifts and talents to each game, recognizing the offerings they could give that made them unique.  The coach was wise to make the most of each player, and together they were an incredible team! 

I think God wants us to ‘be big’, too.  He has given each of us our own set of gifts, talents and abilities that makes us unique; and He wants us to make the most of these things so that we can improve as His ‘players’ and work together to be on His team. 

The next time you want to shrink away from something or feel that you’re not up to the task at hand, imagine God coaching you from the sidelines telling you to ‘be big!’  Then reach high and wide to make the most of the gifts, talents, and attributes He gave you to use. 

Dear God, Thank You for creating each of with Your plans in mind, and in such a way that every one of us is special and has our own unique ways to be a part of Your team.  Help us all to be winning players for Your glory.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.