eye on the ball
Keep your eye on the ball. Ever play a sport that required you to keep your eye fixed on a ball? Remember your coach reminding you over and over?
Leroy is a Labrador retriever. Retrievers…retrieve.
A playful 9 year-old dog, totally willing to lie around all day, changes his entire attitude when presented with a ball. Look at the picture; if anyone knows how to keep his eye on the ball, it’s Leroy.
His focus goes razor sharp. He sits at attention, shakes with anticipation, waiting for me to throw his ball. And then, he’s off like a shot chasing his ball, full speed with complete abandonment.
He’ll run, until he’s worn out. I have to stop or he would retrieve until he collapsed.
There’s no doubt, wondering or confusion by Leroy about who he is, or what he was made to do. He was made to retrieve.
How about you?
What has God made you to do, that no one else can do? What personality traits, friendships, resources, passions, time and space has The LORD granted to you alone? Who do you have access to that no one else has access to?
Often we think of a calling as a big, future assignment for some people. This morning, I listened to Jill Briscoe’s recorded message from If: 2017 and was impressed by two things she shared. God has used her since she gave her life to Him from the age of 18, until now, at 82.
One thing she said was we all have a calling, and our calling is “the space between your feet.” Wherever we currently stand is the place God will use us. God will use you and I in the place He has us, right now. We only need to share what we know of Him when given the opportunity.
We’re prone to think nothing really counts unless it’s monumental. If Jesus focused on His work with 12, what is it in us that causes us to feel like if its small, it doesn’t count? Why do we struggle to trust God with the significance of little assignments?
Her words were a good reminder, to not look for some great, glamorous calling, but to be obedient right where we are today.
The other thing she said which stuck with me, was for us to pick up our cross and carry it, all the way home to Jesus. No breaks.
She’s in her 80s, and was recently on a mission trip in India. At the end of her trip, she was done. Tired and ready to go home, to rest. That’s fair, right?
Well, Jill Briscoe felt The LORD asking her to carry her cross all the way home. She knew Jesus was asking her to not give up, but to be available for whatever He asked her to do next.
If our Savior carried His cross to His death, and our older sister in the faith is called to carry her cross into her 80s, what makes us think we will accomplish some Kingdom things and then, be done?
I’m not saying we don’t get rest, but I am saying as long as we’re drawing breath, we’re to be serving our Lord. That’s kind of what Lordship is all about, right?
Which brings me back to Leroy and makes me wonder, what is it God has made you and I to do? He retrieves; that’s his deal. What’s your deal?
God made you and I, to be in a relationship with us and know us in a very personal way. He made each one of us to do some things no one else can do. Let’s keep our eye on the ball and do those things.
“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne.” – Hebrews 12:1-2