In Ready Position

I never really liked gym class. No offense to any gym teachers out there, but I rarely looked forward to gym, especially during that middle school phase…

Each day when I was down in the musty locker room changing my clothes, my heart would start to pound as I thought about what activity awaited me at the top of the stairs. One of the most dreaded gym sessions of the year? Basketball.

To this day, I still can’t do a lay-up with good form or dribble down the court without “traveling.” It’s not that I didn’t try– I just was never very good. I was THAT kid– you know the one– the kid that always got hit in the face with the ball. (Don’t believe me? I once got my lip split open by a ping pong ball. My face naturally attracted flying objects. It’s science.)

In all of my basketball gym class days, I will say I learned one thing that sticks with me to this day: How to be in “ready position.” Feet a little wider than shoulder distance apart, knees bent, hands up… As the girl who always got hit in the face, I was more than willing to perfect any technique that might help me 1) Move quickly out of the way of a flying object or 2) Deflect said flying object from my middle school mug.

This concept of being in “ready position” extends beyond the sports world. The military is a prime example. They are trained to move into action within a moment’s notice. My beloved husband has not taken this lightly and insist on carrying into all aspects of his life. He always tries to engage in combat parking (backing into a parking spot to be ready to move quickly) at all restaurants or shopping areas, even though I convince him the likelihood of needing to evacuate quickly is minimal. My beloved even takes this “ready position” so far to include his ice cream eating habits.

Ready for anything-- even for ice cream eating, spoon in the freezer and all.

Yep, that is an actual picture of his favorite ice cream in the freezer… In “ready position” waiting to be consumed… spoon poised and all.

I love the man. I really do.

While my husband’s “ready position” habits might seem a bit extreme, I can’t help but wonder if he doesn’t kind of have the right idea, especially when it comes to our walk with Christ.  Are we in ready position to give and receive Jesus?

Are we poised, eyes peeled, heart up, looking for  ways to share Jesus around every corner? Would we be ready if He showed up tomorrow or would He hit us in the face because we are unaware of His presence?

How do you stay in touch with Christ? What does your ready position look like? Feel free to leave a comment here.

I *try* to be constantly aware of Christ. Sure, I get distracted when I see something shiny, but I am always attempting to get better at sharing Jesus and receiving what He has to offer. From blogging daily to working on my 1000 gift list to praying for those around me, I feel more ready for Jesus than I ever did while playing midde school basketball. (Or ping pong.)

So today, I challenge you to be light on your feet, bend your knees, get your hands up, eyes open and heart prepared– let’s stay in ready position for Jesus.

Ready and waiting,

“You’re not in charge here. The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me—that’s the only way you’ll ever come. Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End.” –John 6:44 (MSG)

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29 thoughts on “In Ready Position

  1. kelliwommack

    This is good. Really good. Btw, what kind of ice cream is it? Oops. Distracted. Ok, now i am in ready position again. 🙂

    • Ha ha, thanks for making me grin, boss… And just FYI, it is chocolate peanut butter cup. Which is good for me, since I’m allergic to peanut butter so I don’t even have the option to be tempted. (Fro-yo and sherbet for me!)

  2. This is really my prayer too, that I am ever ready to connect to Him at any given time, not just in sticky situations but in joyful moments! Life is truly better when more and more moments are shared with Him! Thanks for this post! 🙂

    • Great point, Christina– we are certainly wired to seek God when WE need him in our sticky moments– but half the fun is enjoying him in the great times… Like when we are eating ice cream right out of the container 🙂

  3. I loved this! Ready position. I tried in vain to see what flavor the ice cream flavor. My husband eats a small bowl of ice cream almost every evening with caramel and cashews. He’ll enjoy the idea of keeping a spoon in the freezer.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Pamela! Brandon’s ice cream choice currently is anything involving chocolate and peanut butter. And just a word of caution about keeping a spoon in the freezer door– if you yank open that door too quickly, that frozen spoon will meet your foot. Yeowtch.

  4. Ready position ~ I’ve decided that to enhance my Walk with the Lord!!! Walking on the treadmill while watching my Bible Study video (Beth Moore just gets the blood pumpin’) is helping me stay focus!!
    I do my best to be Ready & Willing and the Lord is keeping me Able …….
    So I’ll do my best to Dodge, Dip, Dive and Dodge those shiny things and keep on walkin’!!!

    • Walk with the Lord… Beth Moore… treadmill. Fantastic, Susan!

      And kudos for your ability and willingness to dodge, dip, dive and dodge those shiny things.

      “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball…” But my question is– what happens if you are like me and can’t dodge either? 🙂

      Good thing not a lot of people throw a literal wrench at me in my walk with the Lord– or I would be bruised.

  5. Mamma Lex

    Funny you should blog about being ready…last week I went through the drive up at Burger King and randomly decided to pay for the meals in the car behind me-I told the gal at the window to tell the driver “God bless you” from me. I didn’t feel very prepared. Last night I made some “drive through difference” notecards with a handwritten “God bless you” so I could give one to the gal at the window to pass on to the driver of the car behind me. They are in my car now and I am ready and in position to let God use me to make a difference in someone else’s life. God bless you too, my dear daughter-in-love!! 🙂

    • I LOVE THIS, MA!! Totally made my day. “Drive-thru difference” I adore it! You better watch out or I will be writing a factor of 7 feature on you next 😉 Love you so much!

  6. Momma Lex

    His favorite ice cream flavor as a kid was strawberry…..

  7. With a picture of ice cream and the title of “In the Ready Position” how could I not click over. Thank for the good read, Sharita. I personally hated gym class. I think I faked and forged my way out of at least 1/3 of all required showers!

  8. Alex C.

    Sharita, you help me be in the ready position. Ever since you invited me to your blog it is just one more reminder in the day to big God to the forefront. It makes me take a moment out of a busy day to be more in the “Ready” position. So I thank you for that!

    • Wow, Alex– that’s amazing. I am so incredibly moved that these words help your “ready position.” To the Glory of God alone 🙂 Blessings to you my friend!

  9. Wow! I loved this post! The “ready position” is such a great analogy for many things, most importantly our readiness to share our faith.
    PS: I couldn’t play basketball or dodge flying objects either, and my son is in the Army. We are soul sisters. (visiting from SDG)

    • Thanks Jan– for the kind words and the reassurance that being coordinated/athletic is overrated 😉 Whew!

  10. fullherlife

    Sharita, Ben + Jerry’s Peanutbutter Cup is my personal favorite! 😉 For me, the most important lesson is learning that I actually NEED God to get into the “ready position” and stay in it. It’s all His grace! I love your analogy sister! -Blessings, Amy Alves

    • God is a great coach… and team captain… and a huge player in getting us in the ready position. Praising Him for the grace 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Amy and I am super excited to build this connection!

  11. I like the “ready position” analogy! Great thoughts. Thanks!

  12. Love the ready position! I remember so many games of HORSE with my big brother. I got to HORSE about the time he was getting his first H. I want my readiness with Jesus to far exceed my athletic prowess. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ha, I love that! Good thing Jesus readiness isn’t directly related to athletic ability– or we would have to invent some biblical sports 😉

  13. Leah Addington

    WOWSIE! You have some really good stuff in your blog!! I am in awe of your “7” challenge too. Gives me something to chew on for a few days. Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU!

    • Thanks so much, Mrs. Addington! If you ever decide to do a “Factor of 7” challenge, be sure to let me know– and I will share it with the world. (Ok, maybe not the world– but at least the folks who follow along with this ministry 🙂 )

  14. Jenn Gifford

    Love how you described the smell of the locker room. You got that WAY right!! Did any of us look forward to gym class?!?

  15. I love your sense of humor.

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