Though we don't have our resident baseball expert with us, Lukas McKnight (former catcher in their system, and now scout extraordinaire for the Chicago Cubs), I want to look at a baseball analogy that came to my mind yesterday. Baseball players, when they come to the plate as hitters, must keep their eyes on the ball, since their goal is to hit it solidly with their bat. Other things are involved in good hitting too. But we look at this basic fundamental in becoming a good hitter.
Now the baseball player may enjoy the atmosphere. The game. The colors, sounds, smells, etc. Even some past good hits when they were batting. But unless one keeps their eyes on the baseball, seeing it into the catcher's mitt, if they take (i.e., don't swing), they surely have less of a chance to be a good hitter, or to hit the baseball. The best hitters, I've heard, can see the spin on the ball, though I can't understand how that is so when there's a fastball coming up 100 miles per hour or more, or even 90 mph, from only 60' 6'' (18.39 m) where the pitcher throws.
In our lives we have to remind ourselves what is most important. What is greatest in priority in God's kingdom in Jesus. Maybe just in regard to keeping our feet on the ground, our hearts in sync with God's heart, day after day. And sometimes when we are in an especially difficult or critical time, such as in the ninth inning with two out and a runner in scoring position, and the batter steps to the plate.
It is easy to have bad habits as a baseball hitter. That do not give one as good of a chance to hit the ball. Same surely goes for us as followers of Jesus. We can fall back into old habits and sin patterns. We can lose focus on what really matters. What is really important in a given situation? What are we facing? What is at stake?
In drawing from this simple baseball analogy, we're referring to life which itself is often much less simple in our experience. Interwoven with all kinds of issues of heart, living and relationships. But to get back to basic things, and then live according to those things, is important, to be sure, in learning to better follow the Lord in our lives.
The Lord has been working on me in regard to something. And in learning to wait, working on what I need to do in this waiting, I have found God's help in grace given to better live and move and have my being (and doing) in him, in this matter.
How does this strike you? What helps you keep your eyes focused on Jesus and on what really matters in life, or in a given situation? Or anything else you might like to share.