Free & Fit - The January Transfer Window - Making the Right Decision in January by Tim Cheux

Free & Fit - The January Transfer Window - Making the Right Decision in January by Tim Cheux

During the month of January, when we look at the headlines at the back of the newspaper, on the BBC sport app or infamous Sky Sports Centre we are always a little bit more engaged on our football teams transfer activity. We are all waiting, hoping and searching in expectation that we might sign that extra player our team needs to sign.

Whether its the 25 goal a season striker, the 18 clean sheets per game goalkeeper, 8 completed tackles per game defender or the 96% pass retention midfielder every day we are all hoping that our Managers will have a new selection headache come what the end of January.

What we may not think about is the inflated January prices, the players reluctance to move due to relocating in the middle of the season or the disruption to children in school or having to relocate their whole lives so their Dad can join our team. January is a tough transfer window for all clubs and involves good discernment about what makes a viable transfer in the middle of the season.

Clubs have to think about what is the immediate impact of signing this player right now?

Can we afford to add another player on our wages list?

By signing this player will it cause one of our other players to be illegible for the rest of the season?

Thinking about such tough decisions causes us to review how we make our own lifestyle choices and decision. If we seek wisdom from the Bible, we can and will find help that we can trust in. Proverbs 3 provides great insight into discerning what is the difference between folly and wisdom, or more simply put, good and evil.

In Proverbs 3:3-4 it explains to us how we can approach everyday decisions in our own life. Maybe its as simple as who we are following on Instagram or who we are interacting with on private messenger. What ever is true and what ever is noble in Gods eyes leads us to his mercy and kindness.

Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you]; Bind them [securely] around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:3-4”

God knows, sees and witnesses all we do. We can not depart from Him and he will be there with us on the other side; even when we make bad decisions. Proverbs 3:5-6 supports this is helping us to not to rely on our understanding, but to instead be solely reliant upon God and praying for heavenly wisdom, insight and understanding.

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. Proverbs 3:5-6”

So this January lets not be in the habit of others by placing our trust in the news feed of our football teams, on the final 24 hours of the transfer window or even on the full time whistle when the results come in. Instead lets rejoice always in the hope and promises of God for eternal life and to follow his purpose for us to love God , serve others and surrender to Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen