Spring training is upon us. It’s time for a baseball story.

I was the oldest of three boys. My Dad was our coach from the time we were old enough to wear gloves. Dad had a few one liners that he’d use to teach us the game but here’s my favorite.

“Keep your eye on the ball,” he would say. Sounds simple enough but for kids just learning the game, it was something we had to learn.

“You can’t hit it, nor field it if you’re not looking at it. Keep it in front of you. Focus on it. Don’t take your eye off it.  The game will come easier to you if you do.” I can still here’s his voice shouting across the infield.

Seems simple enough.

The game of life is like that. Keeping our eye on what is really important is critical if we’re to “field the bad hops” that life brings. Hey, we’re going to make errors. Everyone does. But putting them behind us and getting ready for the next play is what really matters.  I love the words of Phillipians 3: 13-14

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Put me in coach. I’m ready to play.

Something to think about.


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