Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Keep your eyes on Jesus - "Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every weight that hinders us and the sin that so easily ensnares us and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith." (Hebrews 12:1-2a) 

"I, the Lord, do not change." (Malachi 3:6)

Sports has never been my strong suit but in our family we have some good athletes.  While taking lessons over the years, one thing I did learn was to “keep your eye on the ball”.  Whether you’re playing ping pong, golf, tennis, soccer. football, basketball... whatever it is, it’s imperative that you keep your eye on the ball.  If you become distracted while playing (for example, by someone coughing or calling out), you can lose momentum and focus.  You tend to go in the direction you are looking.  If your focus is on your circumstances, that’s not going to get you very far.

I once heard a pastor say he asked a fellow how he was doing, and the guy said, “Pretty good, under the circumstances”, to which the preacher replied. “Well what are you doing under there?”  

The wisdom of the Bible encourages us to keep our eyes on the Lord, not on circumstances. Circumstances change, but the Lord does not.

Sally I. Kennedy
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