My husband and I love Jesus. And we love each other. But we really, really like baseball. A lot. So the other morning, when we were having our morning devotion and prayer time, somehow the phrase “Put me in, Coach!” came to mind. And it hit me: am I saying that on a daily basis to God?
Now, before you think this is too much of a stretch, let me remind you of Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” and 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” Clearly Paul saw the relationship between the commitment, the work, and the challenge of athletes to that of the passionate Christ-follower.
This Christian life, this faith journey that I am on, has seen some rough terrain. I haven’t had the best batting average. I’ve been thrown some curve balls. Even been hit by a few pitches. But all of it, every step, has all been to prepare me for the season He has me in right now. I’ve spent plenty of time on the bench, watching, learning, praying. But I can’t stay on the bench forever. I have to be willing to get out there and do the work He has planned for me.
Are you ready? Are you suited up? Sitting on the edge of the bench, ready to answer His call? Because, all analogies aside, this isn’t a game. And He isn’t a coach. He’s God.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dolly Mink has a heart for women who are hurting. Years of experience in Christian leadership have given her a unique perspective and she is eager to share her observations insights, and words of encouragement all in a way that honors her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dolly serves on the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team at River Oak Church in Chesapeake, and on the SBCV Women’s Ministry Leadership Team.
To read more, visit her blog, Grateful for the Grace.