When strikeouts aren’t strikeouts

I’ve been thinking about baseball lately. Maybe it’s because the weather is getting warmer and my son is about the start little league!

Consider this.

A decent batting average in the major leagues is .250. That means you consistently get a hit one out of every four times you go to the plate.

If you get a hit one out of every three times your average goes up to .333. That’s considered exceptional.

No one has EVER had a perfect 1.000 batting average. Not Babe Ruth, not anybody.

That means that most major league professionals—including the greats—DON’T get a hit more times than they do.

When it comes to faith, it’s easy to get down on ourselves if we don’t always “feel” connected to God. We want to FEEL his closeness, his power, his goodness.

But isn’t that just like expecting to get a hit every time you go to the plate?

It’s just not realistic. We won’t always “feel” connected. But that’s okay.

If your faith is driven by your fluctuating feelings, your fluctuating feelings are driving away a stronger faith.

So what do you do?

First, you remind yourself that it’s normal to not always “feel” connected to God. You’re going to have dry spells. You’re human.

Second, make decisions based on what Jesus teaches and not on how you feel. As I’ve said before, what God’s Son says goes. (Even if you’re having an off day.)

I realize there are ups and downs. But don’t let a rough patch make you feel like a strike-out king just because you can’t FEEL the connection.

Instead, go out of your way to remember what Jesus teaches, and act accordingly.

When you do, you’ll be building a stronger faith.

As it says in 1 John 3:20 (NIV): “If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”

Your feelings can be helpful, like a friend. But they’re not the Lord.

By Matthew Ruttan

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