Letter | Get back to the fundamentals to gain confidence

04/14/2014 5:59 PM

04/14/2014 6:01 PM

Do you have the confidence to live in today’s society with the economic, political and moral upheaval of our nation? Life is difficult and challenges us daily. In my lifetime, I have relied on a set of fundamental principles that have given me that confidence.

Having been a basketball coach for 28 years, I can say without hesitation that the most important aspect of coaching was teaching the fundamentals. Understanding the fundamentals and being able to execute them gave my teams confidence, especially when the games got close and the pressure was on. These fundamentals were the keys to successful seasons.

Likewise, the fundamentals in school are the 3 Rs. The ability to use the 3 Rs properly gives people the confidence to compete in today’s society and to be successful. Show me someone who cannot read, write and compute simple mathematical calculations and I will show you someone who will struggle in life.

The fundamentals, on which America, the greatest nation on earth, was founded, are embodied in the Constitution. Our forefathers were brilliant men who understood mankind and developed a set of fundamentals that would ensure how best to govern.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are principles guaranteed by the fundamentals of the constitution. Understanding and living by these fundamentals gives all of us confidence as citizens.

As a Christian, what gives me confidence is practicing the fundamentals of my faith. Knowing that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God gives me confidence to believe what the Bible says is true. Praying to the God who created our universe and knowing that He hears me and intervenes on my behalf gives me confidence to live in today’s world. The simple belief that Jesus Christ died for my sins gives me confidence of my eternal destiny.

The most important fundamental for me is my faith, which gives me hope and courage. Embracing and practicing solid fundamentals are the anchors that will help all of us live a life of confidence.

The writer is the retired director of Athletics and basketball coach of A.C. Reynolds High School, Asheville N.C. He now lives in Murrells Inlet.

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