HEAD UP, FEET MOVING
In basketball you must be ready for anything on the court. You have to be ready to move in any direction to chase the ball, to chase a man, to attack the basket. It’s difficult to move when your body is not ready to go.
This is why it is important to have the correct stance in basketball. The correct stance will give you the best chance of going where you want to go, in the quickest time. Two of the first elements of a good stance are “head up, feet moving.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.“ Proverbs 3:5-6
With all the positions of our stance, the head reigns. Our brain does the thinking, directing and controlling of all our parts. With our head up, we can see the whole court, see the ball, see all the players, and direct our next best play.
You can’t steer a parked car. The car needs to be moving to be able to turn the steering wheel. You have to “move to be smooth.” Same with your feet. Your feet should be moving in order to react quickly and get to where you need to be on the basketball court (That’s why you work so much on foot speed).
Your feet give you direction. You should point your toes in the direction you want to go. Point your toes during free throws; point your toes when you close out; point your toes to make an effective pass.
If your head is up, you see things. When we are observant of our life and surroundings, we see;
- The beauty and glories of the earth,
- The love and goodness and kindness of people,
- The things that are dangerous and not right,
- The inherent goodness in many things, and we realize that there is a higher power than us.
When we see these things with our head up, God is the one we look to, and we realize God:
- Is an active part of the world,
- Has reached out and touched our world, and
- Interacted with us by His son Jesus,
- Loves us infinitely, so much so that He allow Jesus to die on our behalf.
In life, we are designed to move, to do something. I challenge every one of my basketball players to;
- accomplish something great, and
- help someone in a special way.
So, to move forward in life:
- Make your path positive (i.e. don’t be destructive)
- Chase a worthy target
- Faithfully move in the directions God shows you