Monday, June 7, 2010

Keep Swinging

Babe Ruth hit seven hundred fourteen home runs in his major league career. Everyone who has the slightest interest in baseball knows that significant fact. However, not many know that he struck out one thousand three hundred thirty times. He is not remembered for the strikeouts, but for the home runs.

The will, or determination, to keep swinging when we don’t “connect” is very often the difference between failure and success. Often when we miss the “mark” the first time, we may want to give up. But we can’t if we want to succeed.

So, we must never stop swinging – whether the goal is great or small, near or distant, major or minor. The next “swing” may bring us the “home run” we have been seeking. A home run will never come with the bat on our shoulder or our eyes in the sky.

The Living Bible says, “Happy is the man who doesn’t give in and do wrong when he is tempted, for afterwards he will get as his reward the crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us patience, perseverance, diligence and determination to do Your will. Fill us with Your power to refuse to be disobedient or become defeated. Give us Your strength to serve You. Through Christ we pray. Amen.

Scripture for Today: James 1:12

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