Sports are tough. And you truly have to be dedicated to your sport if you really want to improve. But where does improvement start? Practice. To a lot of athletes practice can become a drag and instead of being excited about improving, we dread what improving will cost us. We focus our minds solely on ourselves. “What am I going to have to give up to become better?” or “How much time will this practice take from me?” These are thoughts that innocently go through our minds. We want to be superstars on the field or court, but we don’t want to have to make some changes. We want to be able to run down the field of court faster than anybody else, but we don’t want to do running drills. We want to have the cleanest shot, but we don’t want to stay after practice to try to improve. We see this over and over again in our culture. We want to labor like slackers and receive like the hardest workers. This mindset will slow us down more than anything. Now shift your focus onto your spiritual life. Do you feel like you aren’t in the place that you should be in? So many of us go through that, but we never try to work at it. We want to desperately to be closer to God, but we don’t want to show up for church. We want to have more wisdom for our daily lives, but we don’t even glance at our Bibles. We want to have pure lives, but we don’t want to live a life that the world doesn’t promote. You see, our apathy is killing us spiritually. We want improvement, but improvement comes through change. If you want something to get better, then you need to change what is holding you back from getting it. Not trying will make you the player that quits because working is “too hard”. As believers on Christ we can do all things, nothing is too hard for us because Christ equips us with the strength we need to carry out those tasks. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. With this strength given to us, we can live pure lives (“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2) and we can bring ourselves closer to God. So when you don’t feel like showing up to church or reading your Bible, remember God has never fallen away from you. You have fallen away from God. And with that, it is your responsibility to get back to him. Your coach is waiting for you to come to practice. He can’t force you to come, but if you want to get better, lace up your shoes and get started.