May 6, 2012

Posted by in Awesomeness, Fruit For Thought, Selah | 2 Comments

The All-Star Benchwarmer

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It was the bottom of the ninth, the bases were loaded, and the score was 5 to 1, visitors. The home team would’ve been in the lead and looking at a definite win, but for some reason the coach let their star player ride the bench the entire game. The next player was up to bat, and since two previous batters struck out, this was the team’s last chance at staying in the game. As the batter swung at everything but the ball and the umpire yelled, “strike one…strike two…strike three! You’re out!,” the coach’s heart sunk in disbelief that it happened so fast.

The game was over and his team lost. “How did this happen?,” he pondered. And, no sooner did that question pop into his head was it replaced with the belief that the star player was to blame. “I mean, of course it’s his fault,” the coach thought. “He knew he could’ve brought our team another victory, but all he did was sit on that bench. Why didn’t he argue with me and force me to put him in the game? Why did he just sit there?…Maybe he wanted us to lose?,” the coach contemplated…

Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, you know what’s funny? Many of us have been that coach. You know, the “coach” that doesn’t invite God, the “star player,” into their situation, and then gets mad at God when things turn out unfavorably. Yeah, that “coach.” The same “coach” that wonders, “How could God let this happen? Why didn’t He force His will?  Or, was this His will?”…Can I get a witness? LoL!

I think we’ve all been there. We get so used to handling everything ourselves, as though we don’t need God. And, then, when things go wrong, He’s the first to blame. So, how do we fix this? Start consulting God on the little things. Develop a habit of going to God for His input on all the matters of your life. Proverbs 3:6 says, “Acknowledge God in all your ways and he’ll direct your paths.” The more you acknowledge God the more you’ll develop your trust/faith in Him, and then your first response will always be to “put Him in the game.” **G.I.G.**

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  • T.A. Acker

    As a sports fan, I really enjoyed the analogy! Great words! :)

    • Thanks!! I reeeeally want God to give me a good analogy for football. Now, that’s my sport! :-)