Mackenzie is a great friend of mine. When I’m home I will intentionally set a time in my trip to make sure I see her. I call her to check up and make sure I’m always up to date with her life. A strong relationship would not exist without time spent together. Whether that be physically or technologically. I can tell her my secrets because I trust her.
The same goes with God. If you’re finding it hard to trust Him, pray to Him, or focus on Him it may be because you do not know Him. We can put a person to His name when we spend time getting to know God.
If you want 21-days of Bible reading to get you started with a plan let me know. But getting to know God doesn’t stop at reading the Bible. Just like my friendship with Mackenzie. I can text her all I want but if I want to see how funny she really is she must play an active role in my life. Look for God! Watch the stories in the Bible come to life. A great daily prayer is “Open my eyes and ears to all of the ways you are working in my life.” I’ve begged this of God since Brian got started in baseball and here are some things I’ve noticed.
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4
Humility is priceless. Professional sports are a race to the top. How radical would it be if you took your position of honor and used it to serve your teammates and the community? Playing and loving with a humility mindset is counterintuitive but it makes you a better teammate and cheerleader. For us women that may mean taking an interest in the people you sit next to in the stands even if you’d rather be somewhere else. Learning to humbly serve the people around you is a skill that will last far longer than sports.
“Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20
There is a cost. I have no idea where my winter jacket is. It could be in my sister’s guest room, my grandparent’s attic, or my parent’s storage unit. A cost to pursuing baseball is a home. One place where all of your belongings and the ones you love stay year round. For a lot of people this creates feelings of displacement that take away security. It’s comforting to know God felt the same way. Something I catch myself saying is, “no one understands.” God understands. While on his journey to complete his mission he had nowhere to call home. He wants to be your refuge.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Be expectant. In context the author is referring to Jesus. The people could not imagine an ultimate sacrifice. No one could wrap their mind around the promise of the Holy Spirit. Knowing God means taking Him at His word. Reading about His heart for us, his children, is so comforting because He didn’t stop there! He wants an abundant, full life for His children. Maybe that means Big Leagues, maybe it doesn’t, but we can rest in knowing we can’t image how great it will be!