A Laser-Like Blur
It is not uncommon for professional tennis players to hit a tennis ball well over 100 miles per hour. The best players make it look as though it’s easy to return blistering serves and powerful forehand and backhand shots, but if you’ve ever been on a tennis court with a player who can hit with the speed of a professional, it’s a whole different perspective. Those shots seem like a laser-like blur that’s suddenly gone almost before you ever have time to see it.
When Soft Works Better
Even though some tennis players have the ability to overpower their opponent with a shot of overwhelming speed and force, sometimes the best strategy is a soft, easy, delicate shot, called a drop shot. When an opponent is playing a good distance back on their side of the court because you have been hitting forceful shots at them, and they have been successfully returning them in an equally forceful manner, a soft shot that drops just over the net can either be out of their reach, or it can get them out of position for the next shot. The main point is that power is not always the best strategy. There are times when a soft, delicate, and easy shot works better.
Power When Needed
In life, there are situations when someone tries to oppose us or our Christian values and lifestyle without being open to reason, talk, or negotiation. There are times that we need to speak out against things that are wrong. The prophets of the Bible did, John the Baptist did, the disciples did, and Jesus did. In fact, at one point in a situation in the Corinthian Church, the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:20-21, “The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?” He then went on to command them to expel a man from the church because of the way he was living.
Paul asserted himself when he had to be strong, but he would rather come with love and a gentle spirit. When we face conflict, overpowering those who oppose us is not always the best way. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” There are many times that a gentle answer is a better witness and a better way to lead people closer to the kingdom of God than to berate them for the way they treat us of for their lack of values.
Primary Choice: A Gentle Answer
Power is not always the best strategy in tennis. Trying to win by overpowering those who are conflict with us is usually not the primary strategy for Christians. There may be times when a rebuke is necessary, but a soft answer should always be the choice of preference, anytime it can bring peace and resolution into a conflict.