Sidelined“Hey you! You’re out and somebody else is in! Come hit the bench!”

Have you ever played or do you basketball, softball, volleyball, or football? Maybe you played or play soccer, ran track, or was in the band. If you’ve ever been apart of a team sport, then you clearly know what it’s like to have to sit out sometimes. Sitting out doesn’t mean you’re not good enough to be on the team. It may mean you need to regroup; rest for a minute before you go back into the game. Even the best players in a game; the starters, the MVP’s have to take a break from the game. That’s why there’s usually a second string. Everyone can’t go 100% the entire game.

That sometimes applies to the game of life. Let’s say you’re passionately living life and at any given moment it can seem like you’ve been sidelined. Maybe there are some challenges that present themselves that seem to limit you from living passionately to the same capacity you usually do. Don’t be dismayed. Don’t become disgruntled and left to feel inadequate, unappreciated, or out right down on yourself. Just know that you’ll only be pulled out the game for a little while. And remember you’re on the team, so you must be good enough to play. Sometimes when you’re pulled from the game, it could be the best thing for you. Today I just wanted to encourage you to appreciate the moments that you feel sidelined. Embrace the opportunity to rest up so you can come back in and be your best. Know that you’re just prepping for the best that’s on the way. You’ll be revitalized. You’ll be more focused. You’ll be ready to continue taking on the world and living passionately out loud!