There is an old story about a happy little boy who went out into the field wearing a baseball cap. In one hand he carried a baseball, & in the other a baseball bat. His face bore a look of tremendous confidence.
Cocking his bat, he tossed the ball into the air, saying, “I’m the greatest batter in the world!” Then he swung & missed. “Strike one,” he said.
He picked up the ball, examined it, & then threw it into the air again. As he swung, he repeated, “I’m the greatest batter in the world.” Once again he missed. “Strike two,” he said.
This time, he stopped to examine his bat to make sure there wasn’t a hole in it. Then he picked up the ball, adjusted his cap, & tossed the ball into the air for the 3rd time.
He repeated again, “I’m the greatest batter in the world,” & swung with all his might – & missed for the 3rd straight time. “Wow” he cried, “What a pitcher. I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”
I’m not sure whether I would be considered a pitcher or a batter. One thing for sure, at times I struck out.
So I guess it’s good to be able to start over afresh. Most of us have recovered from the holiday season & are well into doing our jobs & the activities of the new year.
What do I anticipate for this year? Am I full of enthusiasm, looking forward eagerly to what each day will bring? Or am I filled with dread, worried that 2010 will be worse than 2009 for me?
Like the little boy with the bat, may I suggest that your attitude, your frame of mind, your reaction to its events will largely determine whether it is a year of victory or a year of defeat.
The Apostle Paul was never one to let circumstances conquer him. Rather, with the help of God, he was determined to win the victor’s crown. Listen as his attitude, dedication, determination shine through in these words found in Philippians 3
….Forgetting what is behind & straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
In the Bonds of Calvary,