Focus Like Pistol Pete

12 Our God, will you not judge them?  For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV)

Pete Maravich is one of my favorite basketball players.   I learned an important lesson from him around middle school.   While reading a book about Pistol Pete I came upon a page where he was in a free fall after being hit by an opposing player.   The writer in the book encouraged us to look at the picture of Pistol and locate the focus of his eyes.   I discovered he was not looking down at the floor in anticipation of the fall.   His eyes were focused on the rim despite the inevitable pain to come.  The lesson Pete and the writer wanted me to learn was under no circumstances does a good shooter take his eyes off the rim.

The lesson of this story is what God wants us to learn from the prayer of Jehoshaphat in II Chronicles 20:12.   When we feel powerless, overwhelmed, and confused.  When we are about to fall.  We must never take our eyes off God.  This type of focus gives us the power to overcome.

Now take a look at the Pistol!

by Russ Ewell

Russ Ewell is Senior Evangelist of the Bay Area Christian Church. Russ writes, teaches, and innovates with his eyes on the future. His passion to inspire even the most skeptical to view God through fresh eyes can be found in his book “When God Isn’t Attractive”. His teaching is rooted in providing hope for those turned off by tradition, and infused with vision for building the transformative church for which the 21st century hungers. Russ is founder of the inclusive sports program E-Soccer for which he received a Jefferson Award, as well as a Congressional Citation from Congressman Tom Lantos. Follow Russ on