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Encouragement in Athletics Blog


Tryout Trauma and You

February 21, 2018
By Ronnie Plyler

A few days ago, I left my office and walked toward the JWAC (old gym).  My path joined with a middle school girl with whom I spoke.

I asked her what she was doing during the upcoming spring season.  She responded, “I might play soccer for my church league…uh…I’m not sure.”  That comment prompted me to say, “Why don’t you play this spring for our middle school soccer team?”  She’s a tall, athletic girl, always shares a smile and is easy to talk to…a positive leader…someone you would want on your team. 

“Don’t you have to try-out?” she said.  “Yes,” I replied.  

“I don’t know…” she said. 

“So, you don’t want to try-out because you might get cut?”  I asked.

Sheepishly, she responded, “Well… no one wants to get cut.”

I was fuming inside.  I wanted to shake her, thump her, fuss at her…however the Lord gave me these words because I wasn’t prepared to respond like this.  “So…you’re afraid, you’ll get cut?  I’m not the coach, but I think you’ll make the team.  Don’t let the fear of getting cut keep you from receiving a blessing.  You might miss out on something God has for you, but if your failure wins, you lose”.

The next day, I stopped by the lunchroom and asked her, “Do you remember what I told you yesterday?”  She smiled and said, “Don’t let your fear rob you of a blessing”.   Surprisingly she remembered!!!   I happily responded, “That’s right.”

Maybe that conversation was meant for she and I…or maybe that conversation was so that I would write about this to YOU!  Do you have a fear keeping you from a blessing?  Are you holding back from a commitment, a new challenge?  Fear cripples, causing us to move tentatively in a land where God’s promises are ever present.

Isaiah 43:1- “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you.  I have called you by name; you are mine” says the Lord.

I’ll let you know next week if she tries out.