“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians [5:16]-18
In Major League Baseball, it’s rare that pitchers are also the strongest hitters on a team. Many years ago, Whitey Ford, legendary pitcher for the New York Yankees, got ahold of the ball and really drove it. He raced around the bases in an effort to get an ‘inside the park’ home run. The throw from the outfield came in almost perfect unison with his slide. The umpire held up a fist and yelled, “You’re OUT!” Whitey couldn’t believe his ears. He jumped up and yelled, “You know I beat that throw!” The umpire smiled, “Yes, you DID beat the throw, but you didn’t touch first base.”
Sometimes we start moving quickly through life. It’s easy to lock our eyes onto the next goal. For the Christian, our daily time in the Word and spent with the Father in prayer is no different than a baseball player touching first base. They are essential in the life of a believer!
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to become too relaxed in moving toward the next item on our agenda. Today is a great day to sharpen the daily discipline of focused time with the Bible and in prayer.
Lord, thank you for the reminder that sometimes even the best can forget to touch first base. I want my commitment to your Word and to prayer to remain strong. Continue to give me the encouragement to stay faithful on my journey. Amen.