Growing up I used to play Hockey and we were always told: “Keep your head up and your stick on the ice!” ‘Cause if you didn’t you’d get clocked… or you’d knock a guy’s teeth out with your stick…. Which is what I did. I knocked a guys teeth out. Obviously the guy wasn’t happy that a girl half his size knocked his teeth out. :0
That’s not the ‘goal’ of playing Hockey. Sometimes we do this in life too. We forget about the purpose and we start fighting with each other and so we lose sight of the goal.
Today I read…
“1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” – 2 Tim 4:1-5 NIV
It reminds me of this passage too…
“1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
4-11In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! So don’t feel sorry for yourselves.” – Heb 12:1-4 The Message
So, let’s keep our heads up (up to the mountains where our help comes from. Yes, I do mean Father God) and keep our sticks on the ice playing the puck and not hitting others with it. Now get out there and score a goal!