Take Another Shot

By Pastor Allen

I have to admit that I’m not a big basketball fan. There was a time when I used to watch it when my kids were in school; I got into it because they were into it. At that Time the Chicago Bulls were the team to beat, with the great Michael Jordan.

Now when it comes to basketball I have to give credit where credit is due, and in the game of basketball credit has to be given to the great rebounders. We’ve all seen Michael Jordan’s commercial telling of all the shots he’s missed – but yet he is one of the all time great shooters.

Think about this, every time Jordan missed one of those shots somebody got the rebound. One of the best rebounders of Jordan’s day was Denis Rodman. Say what you will about his off court antics, but he was an incredible rebounder. In one of Rodman’s years with the Bulls he averaged 15.1 rebounds per game. No one came close to that percentage on the Bulls team that year. Michael Jordan was in second place with 6 per game. Jordan or Pippin may have miss the shot but more than likely Rodman was there to pick up the rebound.

Lets be honest, in life we don’t hit the mark every time. Failure is part of life. They only way not to fail is to never do anything, then you have failed to live.

You are going to miss the shot in life at times, but the important thing is to rebound. You may fall flat on your face but the important thing is to get back up. Greatness is made up of people who just wouldn’t quit. Don’t lay there, wallowing in the self-pity of your failures. Get up and try again, and ask God for help and you can rebound and take another shot.

The great Apostle Paul shared how he had missed the mark many times. Paul summed it up this way, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” Philippians 3:12-14(msg)

atan) comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came to give us abundant life.” (John 10:16) It may take a little time, but with God’s help you can make it past the barriers in your life.

About Pastor Allen

Pastor Allen and his wife Molly have been pastoring Praise Tabernacle for over 16 years. Having grown up in Canada as the son of a pastor, he began attending bible college over 30 years ago. Before graduating, he met Molly, his wife of 31 years, at school. Together they have pastored in Canada and Maine before coming to RI. They also have raised two children, Margo and Levi. Levi is now married to his wife Gilannie and they a beautiful child named Gia. As the Rhode Island director of Christians United for Israel, Pastor Allen strongly supports the State of Israel. His strong desire is to encourage people in their faith and to tell unbelievers that God is their friend and not their enemy.