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Jan 15, 2024

Today I'm covering the third Beatitude which reads, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." -Matthew 5:5 (NRSVUE)

Meekness is often misunderstood. Modern definitions don't convey what the Biblical authors were trying to convey. I once heard someone describe it as "power under control" but that's not quite right.

Mark E. Caner describes meekness as "an attitude or quality of heart whereby a person is willing to accept and submit without resistance to the will and desire of someone else."

So meekness is more about your attitude than your actions. 

How Can We Apply This to Pickleball?

If you've played in any tournaments you've had to exercise meekness. This is especially true if there's no referee.

In nearly every tournament, your opponent calls balls out on their side of the court. There are times when you need to exercise meekness (even if it appears a bad call) because they have the authority to make the call. 

When there isn't a referee to appeal to, this can be especially difficult. One way to avoid conflict is through the acronym PEACE mentioned in Caner's article:

Place your faith in Jesus Christ
Employ prayer in your decisions
Adjust your focus from yourself
Control your anger and tongue
Exude your humility and mercy

I hope this helps you the next time a line call doesn't go your way!

Pickleball News

At the Masters last week, the PPA introduced new serve rules:

  • There is no tossing the ball up on the serve

  • The ball must leave the hand in a downward motion

  • The ball must leave the hand at or below the top of the hip

Some players were hitting serves into the net because they had to change their serving style. The new ball and new serve rules shook things up at the tournament.

Pickleball Tip

This week's pickleball tip comes from Ed Ju (Davis Pickleball) and it deals with eye dominance.

The biggest takeaway from this video is to make sure your dominant eye isn't turned away from where you're trying to hit the ball.

Closing Remarks

Next week we’ll cover the fourth Beatitude that deals with righteousness so make sure you’re following the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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Music: "Electrodoodle" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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