DAD IN THE STANDS

July 12, 2011Read Hebrews 13 ...I will never leave you nor forsake you-Hebrews 13:5

If you've been on Prayfit for any stretch of time, by now you know that I'm a baseball fan. In fact, I believe Babe Ruth spoke wisdom when he said, "Baseball is the greatest game that God ever saw fit to let man invent." Years later, Joe DiMaggio said, "I'd like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee." But I think my boy Derek Jeter said it best this weekend after reaching the 3,000th hit mark when he said, "My dad has been with me for every at-bat."

You know, for Jeter to reach a milestone that only 27 other players in history had ever reached, not only means he's pretty talented, but it also means he knows how to handle defeat. To help put it in perspective, for every 10 at-bats over the course of his career, Jeter has failed 7 times. And yet, day in and day out, he leans on his dad, steps in the box, and swings away.

You and I might not be in the big leagues, but we do have a Dad in the stands. And when it comes to our faith and health, even though we swing and miss daily, we're part of His line-up. Of course, a perfect average isn't possible, but He's with us for every at-bat, so why not make each day we swing count? After all, living abundantly is all He wants us to do before we head for home. -JP

 

FIT Q & A: Where do you find yourself striking out? Poor plate appearances and food choices? No time to have fun exercising? What is your toughest pitch to hit in becoming a healthier you?

ALSO: What's your routine after work? Do you come home and sit on the couch or chair? (Y/N) Do you jump on the computer? (Y/N)

CHALLENGE: Will you commit to walking the bases (around the block) daily with your spouse or friend for one week before you turn on the television each night? We realize that such specifics may not apply to you, but it's the small hits that add up to big change. Find the ones that will make a difference in your life and choose.

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