…Is What You Will Do In The Game…
The Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) is over! Students in Illinois worked all year to meet or exceed the State standards. Teachers crammed students with everything that they thought would be on the assessment. I spent numerous days preparing students for this assessment that determines if they graduate from 8th grade.
The morning of the test students were nervous, they were saying prayers and reading posters trying to make sure that they were ready. I have always been nervous before ISAT because the test judges my teaching ability. As I stood in front of the students trying to be calm, I begin to think about how athletes practice endless hours preparing for the big game and how singers rehearse endless hours before the big performance. Thinking about athletes and singers made me realize what these 8th graders did in the practice is what they would do in the game.
We had practiced countless hours preparing for the test. Now it was time to have confidence that they would perform and the world would see how great they are. As I reflected on this statement- What you do in the practice is what you will do in the game-I reflected on my life. I thought about each area individually and then I thought about my life as a whole. The things which ye both learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:9 ASV)
I thought about me as a wife; four years ago I was merely practicing. I was preparing myself for right now. Today I realized that I am in the game and there is no turning back. I was practicing being a wife by cooking, cleaning and especially loving unconditionally. I realized that I am doing all of these things daily. Every wise woman buildeth her house; But the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands. (Proverbs 14:1 ASV)
I reflected on my practice to be a parent by babysitting my nieces and nephews and teaching my students. I thought about all the days I had to wipe runny noses, be their mother, friend, doctor and lawyer. Now that I am a parent I am glad that God gave me an unconditional love for children that I could shower my daughter with. Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 ASV)
Then I thought about the practice that I have had with being an educator and a coach. All of the research and training that I have had has prepared me to have 2 student teachers in my class the entire year. They are blossoming into phenomenal teachers! I am happy that I had 8 years of practice before I really had to train someone to be the educator that I would want my daughter to have. And having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith; or ministry, let us give ourselves to our ministry; or he that teacheth, to his teaching; (Romans 12: 6-7 ASV)
Lastly, I reflected on my ministry and all those years I was singing and speaking at my church. God was preparing me for what and who I am right now. I was well prepared because God had entrusted me with the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me and I am glad that I am in the game. And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherdsand teachers,to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4: 11-12 ESV)
I thank You for preparing me for such a time as this. I am glad that You have given me time to practice so that when it’s time to get in the game, I am well prepared. God, continue to prepare me for greatness as a disciple, wife, mother, sister, friend, and professional. The practice runs are not always easy, but thank You for showing me that the practice was worth it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Women of God, I EMPOWER you to keep going in whatever phase of your life that you are in. If you are practicing, practice with fidelity and if you are in the game, stay in the game with fidelity. Remember that the place you are in right now is just preparing you for greater and better. Remember what you do in the practice is what you will do in the game!
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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”