Last weekend I was at a Spring Football Game. It was raining all Friday night, so of course on Saturday morning the field was soaking wet. I couldn’t help but notice that whenever the offense or defense would come off of the field they would all line behind something. It wasn’t the water station like you may think, but instead it was a cleat cleaner rug that they had set up. With the mud and grass clumping onto their spikes, they were not able to get the traction that they were needing to perform at the top of their game. I had never really thought much about that until the other day.
Isn’t this so true for our lives as well. Many times we are in the trenches doing life, and we may think that we do not have time to stop and regroup and clean off our cleats. But when the mud is starting to get thick and the grass is piling up, it is really a must. We start slipping and sliding before we even know what the issue is a lot of the times. It is no different with our cars. If you drive your car until your tires are completely bald, it may not be the end of the world in dry conditions. But as soon as that first rain comes, you will have no traction with the bald tires and you will end up in the ditch on the side of the road. Traction is one of those things that we never think about it until it is too late.
What are you needing traction for today? We all need all the help we can get to tackle each Monday. So make sure your cleats are cleaned off and free of any mud or grass so that we can dig deep in the trenches today and tackle the day without slipping and falling. It is always easy to spot those that didn’t clean off their cleats. They are the ones covered in mud and muck. So take a moment, pause, and get your traction back to start out the week.