I didn’t listen.

So, I do a little grappling (jiujitsu) on the side. It can be a very technical sport. One minute you’re winning, but the smallest mistake can send you right to second place. Unfortunately I know first hand…

I recently competed in a local tournament. All was great, I was winning, and then I lost. Just like that, I took home silver. What sucks even more is I lost the match for myself. Don’t get me wrong, my opponent and I were evenly matched and it was a great fight, but I lost because I didn’t listen.

I lost because I got greedy and didn’t listen to my corner. I cringed as I watched the video after my match. In the background my coach is telling me step by step what to do next. I half listened, got greedy and attempted a move earlier than I should have. I got myself in a jam and then couldn’t recover. I knew what to do, and with a minute left I blew it.

After the match I thanked my coach and he politely said “Hey man could you hear me ok?” I responded “Yes sir”. He laughed and jokingly said “Oh so you just didn’t wanna listen.” Ouch. It was a friendly jab, but still, it was true. I did my own thing when it mattered most and it cost me the match. Second place ain’t bad, but it ain’t first.

So, I guess I’m still learning to listen and not do my own thing all the time. Not just on the mat, but in life. Unfortunately I have a history of “not listening to my corner” when it matters most. People with way more experience who know how things are going to turn out. And when I don’t listen in life, it turns out a lot worse than just second place.

“Fools are headstrong and do what they like, wise people take advice” – Proverbs 12:15

I believe God has placed people in our lives to help guide us in the right direction, for the win. It will always be our choice wether we listen or not. It’s hard to see the big picture when you’re in the fight, but it’s worth it to listen to the people that care about us enough to speak into our lives. Anyone else out there have trouble listening?

4 thoughts on “I didn’t listen.

  1. Great narrative Josh. I appreciate the parallel between the two positions, winning and losing, sport and life.


  2. We go through these experiences and learn the hard way, but the next time…you’ll be listening a bit harder to your corner. Same as God’s word. He will let us learn the hard way, but is always there to pick us up and get us on track again, knowing who to listen to!! Very good writing and illustration.


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