Saturday, March 25, 2017
Keep Your Eyes on the Ball
“My 7-year-old son seems to have natural abilities for sports, and most recently, for baseball. I’ve taken him for batting cage practice, I throw the ball to him a lot and I go with him to his team’s practice, but I don’t really know what to tell him to do because I wasn’t a baseball player. I really did want to help him so I asked one of my “jock” friends, “What should I do to help him? My friend responded “He’s seven. You only need to tell him one thing…..”WATCH THE BALL! It works for any sport when you’re seven…..just WATCH THE BALL!” I loved that. He said “Keep your eyes on what is the most important thing….the ball. That one thought will provide the foundation he needs for any sport that he’ll play."
I remember when my sister-in-law and I took golf lessons together. We’d swing our club to hit the ball and miss it, or we’d hit the ball and it would only go about three feet. The golf pro repeatedly said to us: “Keep your eyes on the ball!” WATCH THE BALL! All three of us eventually determined that golfing probably wasn’t our sport. One, because we laughed ourselves silly when we were together, and two, because we just couldn’t keep our eyes on the ball.
All sports players have been taught that “Watch the Ball” principle, and now it’s a habit for them, and that’s the habit that has served them well. It’s getting all distractions out of the way and focusing their attention on “the right things”. I gave that analogy to emphasize the importance of keeping our eyes on Jesus and His Word so that we can stop the intruders of our thought life that try to come in and steal our peace and joy from us.
Twila Paris sang this song and it still blesses me and reminds me where my eyes should be focusing today:
I'm not looking behind me, at mistakes I've already made.
Hope is living inside me. I believe that my debts are paid.
Trusting You now, I know I can make it
I made a vow, I don't want to break it
Lord, I'm keeping my eyes on You, following You, following You.
My Lord, I'm keeping my eyes on You, following You,
Following You, my Lord.