One of the assistant coaches on my high school basketball team stopped me one day at practice, and asked me, “What are you going to get better at today?” I said, “The whole game. Offense. Defense. Everything.” He said, “Yeah, but what are you going to focus in on to get better at?” I said, “I don’t know. Staying in my defensive stance.” He said, “Every day, you need to come in purposefully thinking, what am I going to get better at today.”
One of the toughest things for me to do is to listen to or watch sermons of myself preaching. Now before you think I’m narcissistic, I’m not. I don’t listen to my own sermons out of my personal delight in what I’ve done. I don’t enjoy the process. It is a brutal process because as I listen and watch, I become so much more aware of what I need to work on. What are the good things? What are the bad things? I especially find how far I have to go in this when I listen to other communicators.
In being blessed with some coaches this year who challenged me a lot, I now hear that at times I am talking too fast, in spurts, I’m not punching the burden lines, sloppy sentences, too many uhs, breathing patterns, one level of voice.
These are just a few of the things, but I listen to myself preach so that I can get better. I really don’t enjoy it, but I believe it is important for me to work what God has given me. My game if you will. Yep, preaching is my thing. My game. What I love to do and feel called to.
What’s your game? What has God given you?
Work on your game so that you can work your game at the highest level.