BATTER UP!

WITH THE STANDS PACKED WITH FANS, THE PLAYERS DECKED OUT IN THEIR UNIFORMS WHILE TUGGING AT THEIR CAPS, THE PERFECTLY MARKED AND MOWED FIELD AND BASEBALL’S THEME SONG BLARING FROM FROM THE SPEAKER SYSTEM; ‘BUY ME SOME CANDY AND CRACKER JACKS’, THE MOOD IS SET FOR THE UMPIRE SCREAMING ‘BATTER UP!”

WE ARE CALLED TO BE THE ‘BATTER UP!” EVERYDAY. DID YOU HEAR GOD’S CALL TODAY? IT MAY HAVE SEEMED SO SIMPLE, SO TRIVIAL OR IT MAY HAVE SEEMED TO BE FAR BEYOND YOUR ABILITIES. MAYBE THERE WAS A CHILD NEEDING YOU TO TIE A SHOELACE OR YOUR BOSS GIVING YOU A TASK WHICH WOULD TAKE YOU INTO SITUATIONS OUTSIDE YOUR PERCEIVED ABILITIES OR COMFORT ZONE.

GOD HAS HIS REASONS FOR CALLING TO YOU: ‘BATTER UP!’. ARE YOU LISTENING? WILL YOU PICK UP THE BAT AND PRACTICE A FEW SWINGS TO BE PREPARED? WALK UP TO THE HOME PLATE, TAKE YOUR POSITION. YOU ARE THE ‘BATTER UP!” WHEN YOU ARE ON GOD’S TEAM, YOU MAY THINK YOU OCCASIONALLY ‘STRIKE OUT’, BUT GOD WILL ALWAYS URGE AND SUPPORT YOU TO STEP UP TO BAT AGAIN. YOU MAY GET A FEW ‘WALKS’ ALONG THE WAY AS WELL AS AN EXCITING ‘HOME RUN’. ALWAYS KNOW, GOD IS YOUR PERSONAL COACH. ALL GOD EXPECTS OF YOU IS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND ‘SWING’ THAT BAT AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY. YOUR SINGLE ‘ONE BASE HIT’ MAY ONLY GET YOU TO FIRST BASE, BUT THAT ONE SWING CAN BRING MANY OTHERS ‘HOME’.

FOLLOW GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS. GOD IS THE GREATEST COACH. START WITH READING GOD’S BIBLE, HIS INSTRUCTION AND RULE BOOK FOR HIS GAME. IT WAS ALL WRITTEN FOR YOU THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. GOD’S INSTRUCTION AND RULE BOOK HAS NOT CHANGED…IT IS STILL AND ALWAYS WILL BE GOD’S WONDERFUL GIFT TO GUIDE OUR LIVES.

START YOUR DAY WITH A FEW MINUTES READING YOUR BIBLE AND PRAYING. GOD’S WORD WILL PREPARE YOU TO RESPOND TO HIS CALL…”BATTER UP!”.

“SIMILARLY, ANYONE WHO COMPETES AS AN ATHLETE DOES NOT RECEIVE THE VICTOR’S CROWN EXCEPT BY COMPETING ACCORDING TO THE RULES.” 2 TIMOTHY 2:5 NIV