Change the Game.

Have you ever gone up against a challenge that seemed so impossible to win? You sit there wondering what you should do. What is the right move? Is there a right move? Sometimes it seems that no matter what we do we will never get to where we need to be, and we are just stuck. I’ve been in these situations more times than I can count, and I never know what the right thing to do is until I already acted in the situation. Some days the outcome is good and other days the outcome may be worse that where I started. But sometimes the easiest choice is to trust God, trust yourself, get up, and try again.

There’s a story in the bible about David and Goliath, maybe you have heard of it. The rundown of the story is Goliath, a champion fighter, would mock and taunt the Israel army. But all the soldiers were too intimidated to go up against Goliath. David, a shepherd, witnessed what was taking place and decided to take matters into his own hands. He used the weapons he was equipped and was helped by God to kill Goliath and prove how worthy he was to be king.

David changed the game. He didn’t give Goliath the power to intimidate him. Instead, he used weapons that were worth less than what everyone else, the soldiers, had. And yet he still came out on top. When doing what is needed to be done to get you to where you want to go, there will be challenges. You might go through months of interviews before actually receiving a job. You might have to take a class five different times just to pass it. You might have to budget your spending because you’re working towards something bigger. All these tasks seem impossible in the moment until they’re done.

My first year of college was very difficult. I took a class that was extremely hard for me, and for the first time I didn’t receive the grades I was used to. So then the second semester I had to take the second part to this course, and I did just as bad. I changed some of my study habits, but it seemed like no matter what I did, I wasn’t seeing the results I was used to. I even thought about quitting my major because maybe I just didn’t have it in me. But then I thought to myself, why would I settle for an easier major than work my butt off and earn a degree in something I love?

The following year, I changed everything. I started completely over from scratch. I changed my schedule, the way I studied, and the effort I put in to even the smallest of assignments. And my grades improved. The second semester of that year, I evaluated what I did for the previous semester, and I began to have a clearer idea of what worked and what didn’t. So, I fixed what was broken and kept what worked. And guess what, I made all A’s.

Not only did I learn valuable lessons from what I considered to be a failure of a freshman year, but I learned what works for me when I am studying which will help me a great amount now and in the future. I proved to myself that I did in fact have it in me, and I could conquer a major that only a few months before I thought I would change. For me, changing the game was changing my methods. It was about not being afraid and trying my hardest. I didn’t allow any time for doubt to creep in. Changing the game was about not giving up and praying to God everyday about being grateful instead of stressed because I knew He was on my side, even in my darkest moments.

Maybe it is time for you to change the game. Maybe that means trying again and using different strategies. Or maybe it is about creating a detailed plan to ensure that you will save money. It could be doing something new and taking a different approach, or trying again while changing the things you find did not work. God is not going to do it for you, but He will strengthen you. God is on your side if you allow Him to be. You may still need to prove your worth for whatever you are trying to get to everyone else and possibly even to yourself, but to God you are already worthy. He wants you to do good, and He wants you to use every ounce of energy within you to get you to where you want to be. So, get up and try again.