What Basketball, Books, and Jesus Have in Common

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8


I had an interesting dream last week. My little Oliver, who is 5 years old, was at the park down the street. Someone had taped a white “x” on the blacktop underneath the basketball hoop. Oliver was standing on it, holding a basketball, looking up, ready to shoot.

Then suddenly I was looking at a different boy under a different hoop. Think Opie from Mayberry—it was clearly the 1950’s. Someone had marked an “x” in the dirt underneath the hoop (no, I’m not saying they didn’t have blacktop in the 1950’s—this was a dream, people). The boy was standing on it, holding a basketball, looking up, ready to shoot.

And I thought, Basketball hasn’t changed. He’ll either make it, or he won’t.

And I was so deeply comforted.

Somehow this dream was about my second book, which is coming out on Wednesday. I’ve been a bit worked up about it. (You know, just a tad!) In the dream I also thought, And books haven’t changed. They’ll either read it, or they won’t.


Then I woke up, and I thought, God hasn’t changed either.


And I was so very deeply comforted.

God gave me a different kind of dream, the dream of Building Your House. He knew I would write the book long before I did. He was with me when I wrote it. His plan for it is the same whether I think it “makes it” or not.

My job is to stand on the “x” and take the shot.


What’s your dream?

Are you walking to the “x” that God’s drawn for you to stand on? Are you ready to take your shot?

Are you trusting God whether you “make it” or not?


Lies to Fight:  I’m afraid this will fail. I’m afraid I will fail. I don’t know how to “succeed” at this calling!

Thought Shot:

I trust God with these efforts… completely, and thankfully.


We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5


What shot are you taking for God right now?

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