Some of my fondest childhood memories are about baseball. Tom Glavine, Fred McGriff, David Justice, and Chipper Jones certainly get a lot of credit for that. I cannot begin to estimate how many hours I spent organizing my small baseball card collection, my prized possession as a child. Though, what I loved even more than being a spectator of the game was learning to play the game itself!
I remember first learning the game of baseball as a child. I can still hear my father patiently coaching me in the backyard, “Keep your eye on the ball,” as he helped me work on the mechanics of my swing.
In life, good fathers will help their children to keep their eye on the ball. While that is true on the diamond, it is also true in life in general. If we are to live a successful life, we must be trained to have a concentrated focus to achieve the task at hand.
Our Heavenly Father is, in a way, telling each of us to keep our eye on the ball. He is doing this through His Word. Consider a few Scriptures,
“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways” (Psalm 119:15).
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you” (Proverbs 4:25).
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus … (Hebrews 12:1-2a).
Amen! Our God wants each of us to have a successful, abundant life, and He knows that the only way that we can do this is through a committed focus to living the Christian life.
Hear his word, and keep your eye on the ball, Christian! Keep looking to the unseen (2 Cor. 4:17).
Keep the faith and keep on walking towards the city whose designer and builder is God (Heb. 11:10).
Keep your eye on the ball.