CampGround Convo “The Shot”

Psalm 56:3-4

In my existence, I have come to realize there are moments when my life is paralyzed. Everything goes silent and I am at the pure mercy of God’s hands. To some, this could be the scariest thing ever known to experience. To others, this could be the most peaceful thing to ever experience. Whether you’re being saved from something you knew was coming, or being saved without even realizing it, when you come to understand where your life could have been without the grace of God, you will understand two things – fear is not real, and there is always a plan.

Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real, but fear is a choice [Cypher Raige, After Earth]. It’s okay to be scared of the unknown, but just understand these emotions are self-inflicted. Fear is something that is hard to ingest, but you have to know it only resides in our mind.

Our mind was created to be very powerful. How our thoughts are crafted determine how our lives are carried out. We all know what happens in a wet dream. If you’re having a conversation during a nap, you might respond with your real mouth, talking in your sleep. If we are in pitch black dark, our mind can start to display images from our thoughts right before our eyes. Some race car drivers imagine turns, the adrenaline they get while racing, and the feelings they get after winning. Scientists say the same chemicals released while visualizing these experiences are the same chemicals released while actually doing what they previously visualized. Whether your mind tells you you will be alright or not, you’re right. No matter what, stay positive.

There is always a plan. Whether or not you understand why things happen, remind yourself it is not your place to understand or agree with what happens in life. It is only your place to handle what happens in life. Life was life before you got here, and life will continue when you leave. Make the best of every single situation God has placed you in. Fulfill your purpose in the position you were placed in. When we get sidetracked by trying to understand the why’s in life, we lose our position for carrying out the what’s and who‘s in life.

So what is you gon’ do? Stop being scared and stick to the script. Turn your back on your past and move forward. Things can and will not always go your way. It’s okay. It’s not your way for things to go. Take a step back and understand you are part of a bigger plan. God’s plan. Every one and every thing placed on this earth is meant to be used as a tool to accomplish a task. This does not mean you can’t have fun; it just means to enjoy life. This does not mean you’re not supposed to care about things; it just means you can’t let things get you down.

In the game of basketball, the ball is just as much of a tool as our legs are for running, the backboard is for scoring, and our hands are for shooting. The ball is meant to be scored through the basket. How you get that score is up to you. Sometimes you have to finesse it with a finger roll… kiss it off the glass. Sometimes you have to go hard and dunk it. Other times you have to shoot it. Whichever you choose, always make sure you follow-through.

Michael Jordan. Game 6. June 14th, 1998. The Bulls won their 6th championship in 8 years against the Utah Jazz, by Jordan’s last shot to put them up 87 / 86. All those years in the backyard in Wilmington, NC. All those games he lost in college. All those shoots he missed in the NBA. All those practices. With 5.2 seconds left on the clock in that game, none of it mattered, but all of it mattered. Because no matter where it had been, and what he had been through, every shot he took before then were taken to bring him to the point he was at in that moment. Was he scared? Who knows. But what we do know is it went in. And it wasn’t even a buzzer-beater. Stockton had another shot attempt, but it didn’t go in. But Jordan’s shot was the shot that changed everything …for good. He just let it go, and let God do his thing. In life, you’ll score every basket you were meant to. Never fear when you let that ball go. If it has God’s anointing, you’ll be just fine. Be vigilant. Be trusting. Be faithful.

~The BoyScout

“In the Bible it says what goes around comes around. Hommo shot me, three weeks later he got shot down. Now it’s clear that I’m here for a real reason. ‘Cause he got hit like I got hit, but he ain’t f*ckin’ breathin’” (c) Curtis Jackson – “Many Men”

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