Simple Devotions
For the Complex Life

Swing and a Miss

Swing and a miss! I am not sure why I was dreaming about my phy ed days in high school, but there I was in gym calling for the home run. The gym teacher wound up, and tossed the ball, which couldn't have been going more than 5mph... and with a triumphant swing, I knew I had knocked the ball out of the park. At least I would have, if I had hit it.

Dusting myself off (the first swing actually made me lose my balance), I again called the home run. The results however, were the same. Three times I called it, and three times I swung... being the first person of the day (if not in the history of phy ed slow pitch softball) to strike out.

I think this is something we all do (well, maybe not striking out in phy ed). We all become a little bit conceited, or a little bit over confident, and then we start to boast about who we are and what we can do. We start calling the "home runs" before we even hit the ball, and expect to be treated special, like a super star (Proverbs 18:12)... Most importantly, we forget the reason we have hit "home runs" in our life before (Proverbs 22:4). We forget that everything we have, and everything great we can do, is from God. (Psalm 18:32)

It's always interesting to see how much we rely on God when we are on our knees, but how much we rely on ourselves instead once He helps us get back on our feet. I find it even more interesting, that when we start relying on ourselves, that's when we find ourselves back on our knees searching for God's grace (Matthew 23:12).

Today, what accomplishments have you had in your life? What things are you good at? And are you trying to get other people to notice what you can do, or are you thanking God for what He has given you the ability to do? Are your abilities the treasure in your life, or is the God who has given them to you? (Matthew 6:21)