Keep Your Eye on the Ball!

Ok I admit it; I love sports! I know this is somewhat odd for a woman of my age to openly admit, but I do. Since I was a young girl I have enjoyed just about every sport there is (except Curling, it looks way too much like housework for me. Sorry to my Canadian friends).  As a tennis coach at  Anacortes High School I am always saying the same thing over and over again to my players; KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL! Really good athletes are able to not only see the ball, but they can see the spin, curve and movement from the moment it hits their opponents racket. Good athletes are hyper aware and focused. Today I am writing this to you as a coach. For your benefit, but also mine. I am screaming this in your ear. I am waving my arms to get your attention over all the noise and business of this world. How quickly, often, and naively we take our eye off what is really important, Jesus. How easily we fear for the future, and work to control everything in our life. We miss out on the blessing and invitation God has given us to rest in Him, and the work He has already done.

So many people I come in contact with are genuinely anxious about the upcoming elections. I get it!  This is a crazy time in our nations history, even our worlds history for that matter. But God is calling us to keep our eyes on Him. Let the things of this world fall away. This past Sunday Kirsten Cummings introduced a new song to our congregation and these are the words to the chorus “Anything apart from You Let it fall away, let it fall away. If it's not what You want to do. Anything apart from You. Let it fall away, let it fall away”.

My prayer for us this week is that we keep our eyes on Jesus. That everything else just falls away. That we have a hyper focus and single-mindedness that strips away everything but Him.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed - that exhilarating finish in and with God - he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.( Hebrews 12:2 MSG)
For those of us who can remember newspapers and Sunday comics. Keep your eye on the ball Charlie Brown.
- Elaina Myers

1 Comment

Maxine Lang - October 28th, 2020 at 11:02pm

Elaine I use the new hymn as a prayer because it really said it all.

When in doubt keep your eyes on the ball “Jesus” He will see us through.

Thank you for sharing.