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“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in faith, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient and equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

In the more than six months of navigating our way through the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a word I keep hearing over and over. The word is ‘pivot.’ The word is used to describe how we need to be able to stop and quickly change the direction of how we do things…we need to pivot.

I am most familiar with the word ‘pivot’ being used as a basketball term. The pivot rule in basketball says that when a player has the ball and is stationary on the court, he or she can move one foot around, as long as the other foot (the pivot foot) remains planted on the floor. Pivoting in basketball involves stopping, keeping one foot grounded and then moving the other foot so that the body can turn and change direction.

When I played basketball many years ago in high school, I remember doing pivot drills, which were designed to teach us to pivot off of one foot and then pivot off the other foot so that in a game we would be more than one-dimensional and be able to move in different directions.

Most of us are pivoting a lot during this pandemic in order to turn and change direction. As we think about our faith, pivoting is a good image to claim and hold on to as we think about stopping, planting one foot and using the other foot to move us in a different direction.

May we practice pivoting in our faith by stopping to spend time in God’s presence through prayer or quiet, while keeping one foot firmly planted in Scripture and the core principles of our faith; like loving God and neighbor and treating others the way we want to be treated. When we can do that, we will be able to put ourselves in better position to move in a new way.

Keep pivoting!