Baseball

I played city league baseball when I was a kid. I loved it. I loved baseball! I so wanted to play for the New York Mets.

I remember my Dad coaching one year and helping me with batting. I struggled a little bit. So we tried a few different bats and adjusted my swing. But it wasn’t until I listened to these next words he said that something changed.

“Fix your eyes on the ball. Focus.”

I’d heard him say it before, but this time I responded. In the next game, I hit my first and only home run in my city league baseball career.

Fix your thoughts

The writer of Hebrews says,

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. Hebrews 3:1

What I focus on or fix my eyes and thoughts on determines my behavior. With baseball, I went from struggling to hit the ball to connecting enough to hit a home run, albeit it was my only one, but hey! I hit one! And when I focus or fix my eyes on the right thing, I connect, not with a baseball, but with Jesus.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all wrestle with temptation. And in the thick of a battle, temptation overtakes thoughts. It becomes what we focus on, fixing our eyes on – focusing on the problem itself. Setting too much on the problem itself feeds it and gives it more power. It baits me as more thoughts trespass into my mind, continuing to entice me. It’s exhausting!

The alternative is to “fix our thoughts on Jesus” – He has overcome the power of sin. I know when I do this well because I feel fed. I feel full. And it’s because I’m fixed on the right thoughts – the power of Jesus!

What we fix our thoughts on, and focus our eyes on, decides so much in our lives. When temptation comes, choose differently. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Consider His love and His joy. You give them more power in your life when you feed them, and in turn, feed you what you need to not just face temptation but live abundantly with ridiculous joy and peace!

Definitely not pro

I never made it to the pros to play with the Mets. And I didn’t get past little league. But what my Dad taught me all those years ago still sticks with me – focus, fix my eyes on the ball. Except I’m not looking at a baseball anymore.

I’m looking at Jesus. And you should too!

You are loved!