Remaining Focused

Baseball is a part of our culture in America. It was one of the first organized sports to take place in our country. Throughout the years baseball has been one of the constants that we can count on happening each year. There are a variety of movies that capture the ups and downs of baseball throughout the years. One of the classic baseball movies that celebrates its 30 year anniversary this year is Major League.

This movie tells the story of a group of delinquents, has-beens, and nobodies who are put together to be the worst team in baseball. While this movie is not one I would recommend showing to small kids, there is something we can learn from this team of misfits. As the team begins their season, the coach makes the comment that “this is my kind of team.” He sees great potential in all the players that have been assembled. 

The season starts out as expected. They are terrible. However, their coach begins to get them focused on the potential they have and they begin winning. Through various different methods, the coach inspires each of these players that no one else wanted to find their potential and achieve things greater than they imagined. The coach gives them incentives to remain focused on the long haul to achieve the goal of the team.

As followers of Christ, we can easily lose focus on where we are going. The life Christ calls us to live is not an easy one. At times it may seem that we cannot make it to the end. Paul reminds us to remain focused on the hope we have at the end:

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. (Philippians 3:12-16)

 As we move forward to the place God has called us to be, let’s do our best to remain focused on God. Let’s take the time each and every day to chose to follow Christ. Let’s forget about past successes and failures and focus on what God has in store for us today. Let’s keep moving in the direction that God wants us to be. 

Pressing on Towards Heaven,

Pastor Ryan


One Response to “Remaining Focused”

  1. Herman says:

    Pastor, I have enjoyed your ramblings since your arrival here at Heart of Mesa. As regards this rambling, we are continuously reminded to press on and not return or loose ground from where our coach, Jesus Christ, has taken us. In Jesus letters to the seven churches, recorded in the Book of Revelation, each letter resounds with words to each church he found problems with that is written and warns us to overcome our issues. The promise is “To him who overcomes”. That is a home run!

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