Have you ever wanted something really really really bad? I remember when I was in middle school and I desperately wanted to be on the basketball team. It consumed me. I grew up playing in a church basketball league so I thought that I had the skills to play with the big boys in middle school. At the time, 6th graders couldn’t play on the team. So when basketball tryouts came around during my 7th grade year, you better believe I was there for the tryouts. I was so excited that my time had finally arrived. I was going to be the next Michael Jordan from Wilmington, NC. I could see my name all over ESPN as I dreamed about playing for the Charlotte Hornets and winning a dunk contest one day.

Well…I didn’t make the team my 7th grade year. I was bummed. I’m not sure how they reveal who makes the school sports teams nowadays, but for us they would have a list of the names printed out on a sheet and they would post it on the wall near the gym. I couldn’t believe I didn’t make the team. I thought for sure I was good enough.

Fast forward to 8th grade. I tried out again. Guess what? I didn’t make the team my 8th grade year either. I cried after not seeing my name on the list. Yes I really cried. I was so upset.

Fast forward to 9th grade. It was my first year of high school and I was ready this time. I was a big dog now because I was attending the high school that Michael Jordan played at when he was a kid. I knew this was my time. I went to the tryouts pumped up and gave it my best shot. Guess what? I didn’t make the team in 9th grade either. I never made the basketball team. Like ever. I joke today and tell people the only sports team I was allowed to play on when I was a kid were the leagues my parents paid money for me to be on. Hey, it’s reality and I had to accept the truth that I was never going to play for Laney High School, Duke, or the Charlotte Hornets. I had to be okay with it because that’s the way it was. I was not in control of being a great basketball player.

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 NLT

Wow. The Lord directs the steps of the godly. When I look back at all the doors God closed for me, I am so thankful. When the doors were being closed I was not enjoying life, but now I can see how God was working. The phrase “Hindsight is 20/20” is so true right? We have the choice to disobey God and not follow where He leads us, or we can do our part and follow God, trust him, and live according to his will. God will watch over us and direct our steps as we follow him.

We can decide to be mad at God if he doesn’t do what we think we need or want. The great thing about life is that we don’t get to decide what gifts or talents we have. God is the one who decides what gifts we have. I would encourage you to walk in the gifts and talents you’ve been given and do everything in this life for the glory of God.