Breakout Year

Sow love, and taste its fruitage pure

Sow peace, and reap its harvest bright;

Sow sunbeams on the rock and moor,

And find a harvest-home of light. – H. Bonar


As football and basketball seasons approach, you will often hear that someone is having a “breakout year.” You are given the impression by that description that the athlete so described has had an epiphany of sorts – all of a sudden he/she is tenths of a second faster, added strength, suddenly acquired throwing or catching ability, etc. over night. Very little is discussed about the hours in the gym, track, or field where  improvement is obtained methodically and slowly.

A disciple’s soul seldom experiences an epiphany or a “Ah, Ha moment” as well. Souls like bodies or minds must be trained and nurtured throughout a whole life, never achieving perfection but improving steadily often outside the view of others. Our head coach used to cajole us “to get bettah” with every single practice, drill, game, or season. Our soul must be similarly trained with an even strength, always reaching upward with steadfast aspirations.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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