As far as I know, and hope, we will be going to Tokyo for the 2021 Olympic Games. But if 2020 has taught me anything, I don’t believe anything until I’m there. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I will train like I’m going to be there. At the same time, as I finished the Athletes Unlimited tournament in September, I was thinking, “I want to have fun and enjoy this as much as possible because I’m not certain when I’ll be able to play next.”
Softball’s a hard season because, unlike professional baseball where they have a clear offseason, preseason and regular season, we have only the summer to compete. We train just as long, if not longer, than we play. It feels disproportionate.
But in every season of my life, God continues to bring in people who introduce new things about who He is. The relationships I have currently I want to deepen because I’ve found that the deeper I go with God’s people, the closer I get to God as well.
Delighting in the Lord has become a big focus in my life. I’ve been walking with Christ for five years now, and I’m deepening my relationship with Him daily, but I still have a lot to figure out. There are seasons when I love spending time in His Word, and then other times when I feel like I’m reading it out of duty and discipline only. There is value in it no matter what, but I also am discovering that delighting in the Lord goes deeper than just how I feel in a moment.
So lately I’ve been trying to practice more contemplative prayer by taking walks, drawing or painting, or doing something that allows me to free my mind. When I’m quiet before Him in this way, God is able to sift through my thoughts and really speak to me. When I simply try to add God’s Word on top of all my other thoughts in the busyness of a day, I am not really letting the truths soak in.
I want to be more disciplined in my thought life. Not only do I want to be able to focus for the Olympics and the training leading up to that, but even more so I want to be ready and teachable for all that God has for me in this season — today. Only then will I be able to receive what He has to say to me.
— Janie Reed, USA Softball player
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