Two primary strategies in sport. Be assertive and offense minded and try to score. Or be defensive and keep others from scoring. They say "Defense wins Championships". The also say that "Prevent defense only prevents one thing ... it prevents you from winning". To win you must score. To win you must be offense minded and intentional and assertive and "go at" the opponent with confidence. Defense also needs to be intentional. Sitting back on your heals and waiting for the other team to come at you is much different than forcing the opponent out of their game.
Lord, help me to realize that I am not a victim but I am called to be intentional about overcoming my circumstances with the tools you have given me.