My family lived in London for 11 years. Our house was so close to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club that each year when the famous Tennis tournament took place you could hear the uproarious cheers from our back garden.
It was exciting to hear and thrilling to watch. The entire area came alive for the weeks of Wimbledon with hundreds of thousands of tennis fans flooding our small London suburb.
One of the defining marks of the elite athletes was their powerful, accurate serve.
The same is true in creative business.
How strong is your serve?
How well do you know your target market? How well defined and accurate is your service? Do you understand the pains they are experiencing with regard to the solutions you are offering? Do you know the joy that they seek and have set before them?
Creative life, especially when we are talking about vocational Christian entrepreneurship, is a life of service to others.
As a Christian artist, author, entrepreneur – someone bringing personal value to the world’s table – what you offer is more than a commodity. Commodities compete on cost alone, but you bring something priceless into the arena, something that places you in a company of one – yourself!
In the same way as the remarkable men and women on the Wimbledon courts, your serve is honed through practice. Practice your serve. Put yourself out there and help some people.
Prove that you can help people by helping them.
Don’t just speak about your strong serve, step onto the court and take some swings.
As you do you’ll improve your game, and inevitably improve your impact and income as a result. It’s the only way to play.
You are called to compete, in the best and most noble sense of the word, not compare. Comparisons are fruitless. Compete with yourself each day. Look for ways to improve your serve.
Hebrews 10:24 encourages us to encourage each other, spurring one another on to love and good works.
I especially like the Message translation which reads,
“Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging…”
What better way to exercise our creativity than inventing ways to spur our brothers and sisters to excel in their commitment to change the world!
The biggest grand slam you’ll ever play in is the purpose of God.
Let’s play to win!