Pick Up The Pace


About 8 months ago I decided to tackle a new adventure… the game of tennis.

I began taking lessons with a pro to learn how to play the game instead of just chasing a ball around the court.  I’ll be honest, this has been a lot harder than I expected.  I thought I had some game, but truth be told – I had nothing!  So over the course of the last 8 months I have learned the fundamentals, built a forehand and backhand, and developed a serve (kind of).

Most recently my coach has been challenging me to pick up the pace. He’ll hit with me and gradually increase the pace of our play pushing me to the limit of my skill.  In these rallies I find myself very challenged but also really thriving as I realize that I am improving and I can keep the new pace.

I’m finding that my season of leadership is much the same. Over the years I have learned the fundamentals.  I have played a few rounds and I have improved some of my skills.  And now I’m finding myself in a season where I’m being challenged to “pick up the pace”.  The game is a bit more complicated.  The ball is moving a little a LOT faster and my ability to react and respond quickly is being tested.  But, guess what?  I’m thriving.  I’m enjoying the challenge and I hope I’m improving along the way.

Much like my game of tennis, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to pick up the pace on my own. I’m much more comfortable with a steady, even pace that I know I can manage.  Too many times we settle for what is safe and predictable and lose the opportunity to be challenged and grow by “picking up the pace”.

Where can you pick up the pace in your life and leadership?  Go for it, you can do it!

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  • lisapbjcreations May 6, 2009  

    Honestly I need to do a better job in leading my children to Christ I am getting some things right ,but could definately pick up the pace. Woke up in a panic last night realzing how quick the 1st ten years went with Cole..he will be gone soon !

    Great post !

  • blakeunfettered May 6, 2009  

    Jenni…this was a great illustration. I am honored to get to learn the game alongside you. Your a fantastic leader and you do have a lot on your plate right now. I am really proud of the way that you handle all the responsibilities that God is giving you during this season.


  • susannah parrish May 6, 2009  

    JENNI! totally agree…i would have NEVER “picked up the pace” and gone out on my own for my business…God TOTALLY had to kick my pants out there, and FORCE me to pick up that pace…and He was right…i did it, thanks to Him, and it WORKED! 🙂

  • brewster May 6, 2009  

    Great blog! I love playing tennis. Your so right, by nature we never want to pick up the pace on our own, but as the pace picks up around us we are amazed by what we are actually able to accomplish. Im inspired!

  • Jenni Catron May 6, 2009  

    @Lisa & @Sus – great examples in your lives!

  • pete wilson May 6, 2009  

    Where do I NOT need to pick up the pace? Great post.

  • Joseph May 6, 2009  

    love the Tennis analogy…my former life and source of income.

    I think I could pick up the pace in my personal life…after 14 years of marriage it is easy to fall into routine and lose the little things that make a marriage fun.

    Super post!

  • Melody May 6, 2009  

    You could have just played one of any numerous tennis matches with Mel and I back in the day and saved yourself a lot of trouble!! 🙂

  • jan owen May 7, 2009  

    hmmmm…..i’m not sure what this is for me right now. but i do agree that God will accelerate our leadership after he lets us ride with the training wheels on first! i’m ready for the adventure, but i may still be resting a bit before it speeds up for me.

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