Posted by Craig Borlase on 24 January 2014

Of course we love Andy Murray [Scottish professional tennis player] here at weareworship.com. We can learn a lot from the player who refuses to give up, who has chosen to take on self-doubt and who has chosen to humble himself just a little and take advice from an older, wiser man. 

Watch the "Limits" video here:

 

This video cropped up recently when Murray took part in the Australian Open, and something about what he said made us think. It was the line about pushing yourself to your limit while in training. “If you don’t,” he says, “you don’t know what your limit is… You don’t know how much pain you can tolerate and how far you can go… It helps in matches as well when you feel tired you remember when you’ve gone to the well and pushed yourself in training,”

Admittedly, being a follower of Jesus isn’t all that much unlike competitive tennis. There are no off-seasons. There are no training sessions. There is only real life, full as it is of opportunities to serve (sorry, bad pun) Him.

But maybe there are some links. Murray’s point about pushing yourself in training so that you will be able to withstand the pressure of a match stands out. How many chances will you and I face today where we could take a risk and trust God? How much potential is there for us to step out, push ourselves a little further and allow God to lead us to the next level? Could it be that we do have opportunities to train our faith after all?

Trials will come, of that there’s no doubt. All of us will face pressure, self-doubt, pain and the threat of loss and failure and grief and disappointment. How we respond in those moments will largely depend on how we’ve lived when the pressure’s been off.

If we want to know how much we can trust God - or how much we will allow Him to pull us through - then perhaps we can find out some of the answers in the ordinary encounters and everyday adventures of life with God. 

So, the pickle for today is simple: will you take a risk on God today? Will you let Him lead you into something a little bigger, a little more dangerous perhaps, than you might previously have accepted? Will you choose to ignore your self-imposed limits and ask God to show you the potential that He holds for you?

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