I've been loving every minute of watching my son's little league baseball league this summer. I'll admit that I'm a little frustrated that almost every other day is taken up with games or practices, but Ben's loving it, so we're all good with it.

As fun as it's been, there have also been frustrations. Lori and I make sure to let Ben know that it doesn't matter if he hits the ball hardest or makes diving catches or throw perfectly to first base to get the runner out. What matters is that he is trying his hardest and being a good teammate. This is where our frustration has been.

At the beginning of the summer, he was running fast and visibly playing with passion. Yet, recently, he's been sluggish in swinging the bat and almost to the point of walking when running the bases. He claimed he was trying his hardest, but it was obvious something was going on.

After much debate and investigation, we discovered Ben wasn't tying his shoes tight. He was leaving them loose so he could slip them on and off with ease. (obviously the lazy days of summer had taken it's toll) He was running slow so his shoes wouldn't fly off. We made sure his shoes were tightly secured and he showed a vast improvement. However, he still didn't show the speed and passion from earlier in the summer.

Finally, Ben and I went to the back yard and I had him run as fast as he could from across the yard and back. He was greased lightening flying across our yard. (he was also winded because we have a pretty big yard) But he realized he could do it. We did some more sprints (shorter distance this time) and his confidence exploded.

At his next game, he was focused, diving after balls, swinging the bat hard, and running as fast as his little legs could go.

Here's the point to all this. We get lazy in our walk with Christ. We start off in our faith gung-ho and ready to spread His gospel. We're on Fire! Then, we start to fizzle. We piddle around and say we'll get to it tomorrow. When Christ calls, he calls today. Not three weeks from now. Not tomorrow. Today!

Why do we hesitate?

Sometimes, we're trying to find the easiest way to accomplish the work set before us. We cut corners so we eventually become ineffective. Just like Ben not tying his shoes tight. We get tired and place priorities differently. We become lazy with the Gospel.

Other times, we lack the confidence that we can really do what God has called us to do. If we are called, then God will make a way for us to accomplish His work. We just have to step out in faith.

So, step up to the plate and know that God is not only coaching you from the sidelines. He's running the bases with you.

Swing with authority knowing that win or lose, Christ just wants you to give your all.

Run with the Spirit as fast as you can. Chase His goals for you so that when you finally reach home plate, you will see Christ smiling back at you and giving you a hi-five. You've made it and won the game.

Take time for family, friends and especially God this week.

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Comment by Worship The Rock on August 14, 2009 at 12:33pm
Thanks for this great analogy Jason.
Comment by Tricia on August 18, 2009 at 8:30pm
This is so true, Jason. I like how you said swing with authority.
The founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, said, "Work as if everything depended upon your work, and pray as if everything depended upon your prayer."
Paul said, "throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
Thanks for the reminder!

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