Full Court Press

Full Court Press

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV

A full court press is a basketball defensive strategy. It puts a team in a strong position of applying pressure against the offense as soon as they start advancing up the court by positioning players up the length of the court instead of all in one bunch. The defense is ready to force a turn over and immediately go from defense to offense. In a full court press, the defending team never expects to have to defend the basket. They expect to quickly transition to offense before the ball reaches center court. They expect to pursue their own goal without ever being in a truly defensive posture.

We use the term “team” in business and refer to colleagues and coworkers as fellow players. Every effective team has a game plan. Like in basketball, extremely successful teams apply a full court press early in the game to gain advantage and never be behind the ball. It requires every player knowing the game plan and working their position effectively, always looking to pursue the goal.
What is your role in the game plan? Nobody is on the bench. Everybody is on the court. What is God’s role in the game plan? God is never on the bench, either. Crises and unexpected events can place us into a defensive posture, but no matter what offends us, mindfulness of God’s involvement means an effective team can always produce a turnover and press back toward the goal.

“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.”

Mike Krzyzewski

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483


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