Growing up playing sports, there’s a statement that coaches will often make to their teams when it’s all on the line…at the end of the game when something big is at stake, they’ll often challenge their team to “Leave it all on the field.” In saying this, they’re really saying, hold nothing back, give your all, go all in. It’s a great challenge, because the reality is once the game is over, you can’t go back and change the outcome. It’s finished. Once you walk off that field, the score is set and there’s no going back.
Today, I had the privilege of speaking at the funeral of a woman from our church that has actually been part of Calvary from the beginning. She was the wife of our founding pastor, and over the course of the last 43 years, she has impacted the lives of countless hundreds, if not thousands. As I was preparing for this special service, it got me thinking. How often, in life and in ministry, do we hold back in order to keep something ‘left in the tank’? I know it can sometimes be so easy to simply coast to the finish. But, I want to be a leader that bucks that trend. I want to be one that leaves it all on the field. I want to be that person that at my funeral others can say I held nothing back…I left nothing in the tank, but left it all on the field. I gave my all to my family, and to the ministry God calls me to. It may not be a championship game on the line, but it is someone’s life…it is the life of your son or daughter, or the life of that hurting person that walks through the doors just before you’re about to grab lunch with someone. As leaders, it’s time we leave it all on the field. It’s time we hold nothing back. Our world is in desperate need of parents and leaders that hold nothing back. That give 110%, not for the recognition, but for the impact their able to make in another’s life.
And the really cool thing is, when we leave it all on the field, God picks up what we have given, and not only blesses it, but multiplies it exponentially. One life becomes two, two becomes four, and so on. You have the opportunity to impact countless numbers of lifves, but it won’t happen by holding back…you have to leave it all on the field.