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The Fear of Failure (2 of 7)
Series: God's Answer for Your Fears
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Please turn to Joshua chapter 1, Joshua chapter 1.
The year was 1979. I was a senior in high school. It was the first basketball game of the season. I played basketball through high school. And it was our very first game. And it was early in the game. And you know if you've ever played sports, especially basketball, you know that at the opening tip-off, you've got butterflies and you're nervous. And every time I played at the opening tip-off, I'd be nervous. And as soon as the game would start, the nervousness would go away and I'd just be able to play and have fun. Well, this game, for some reason I couldn't get rid of the butterflies. And early in the game I got fouled going up for a shot. And so I was at the free throw line. And I get to the free throw line and I'm feeling nervous. I don't know why, I'm just feeling nervous. And I shoot the ball, and I didn't hit anything. It's just an airball. Now I've shot airballs before but never at the free throw line. No one's guarding you at the free throw line. It's the worst thing in the world to shoot an airball free throw. I look over at the bench and my coach is laughing at me because I shot an airball free throw. We call time out. All the guys in the huddle are laughing at me because I shot an airball free throw. Well, it was no big deal. The nervousness went away and I played that game. I played pretty well and scored 14 points or something like that. My wife just marvels at how I can remember certain games and how many points I scored, but I can't remember where the bowls go, you know. It's just a weird thing. But anyway, that airball free throw, although it didn't affect me in that game, it affected me for the rest of the season, because any time I got fouled and went to the free throw line, the first thought in my head was, Don't shoot an airball!
Well, it's hard to make a free throw if all you're thinki ...
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