When I was a kid, my dad and I spent hours out in the driveway playing basketball. Remembering back, I don’t recall ever winning, although I’m sure I did. What I do remember, though, is an exchange we had in the middle of a game that went something like this:
Dad: You know you’re better at this than I am, don’t you?
Me: Then why don’t I ever win?
Dad: Because you’re afraid to shoot. If you don’t shoot, you can’t win.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized my dad had just given me the best advice I’d ever receive.
If you don’t shoot, you can’t win.
In basketball, you’ll never score if the ball never leaves your hand. You can protect it all day long, dribble it endlessly and control it all you want, but if you never throw it through the basket, you’ll lose at the end of the day.
In life, you’ll never succeed if the dream never leaves the drawing board. You can plan it all day long, tweak it endlessly and manage it all you want, but if you never take a chance, you’ll never realize the potential of “what could be.”
God has called you, He has prepared you and He has empowered you. So take the shot. The worst thing that can happen is you miss and reload. The best thing that can happen is you nail it and experience exactly what you’ve been gifted to do.
Take the shot.