Everybody Needs A Lift
Well, the World Series is in full swing as I write this. San Francisco and Detroit are going at it. Detroit was the favorite to win, but someone forgot to get the memo to the Giants. Detroit has more “stars,” but San Francisco has been making all the right decisions and big plays. I must admit that I wasn’t sure the Tigers would beat the Yankees and I was confident that the Giants wouldn’t beat the Cards. Good thing I am not a betting man! Here’s something I do know…
The winner of the Series is always the team that plays well. . . as a team. Having one or two star players is never sufficient to win the title. If you listen to post-game interviews and analysis the phrase "picked us up" will be uttered at some point. The context is always about some player who was expected to hit or pitch better than they did and were disappointing in their performance, but were "picked up" by some other player who performed much better than anticipated. The losers invariably have players that do not perform as well as expected, but lack the players to "pick up" the team.
There is a certain momentum that happens in athletics. One team gets a key hit or the pitcher strikes out a batter in a critical situation and an attitude emerges. The team starts to believe that they can and will win. That attitude "picks up" the performance of the entire squad.
The same thing happens in real life. Your business has a couple of "star" players, but there are times when their performance is just not enough to carry the entire company and they need someone else to "pick them up" if goals are to be reached. No one hits a home run at every at bat. In fact, a super star in baseball makes an out 2 out of every 3 times at the plate.
God Will Pick You Up
Maybe you feel like you’ve made a lot of outs. Maybe you have. Maybe you have been overcome with guilt, frustration, and anger. There is no doubt we have all felt the weight of the world on our shoulders at certain times and have been disappointed with our own performance. We have felt the momentum shift away from us and have started to doubt whether or not we can prevail in the struggle.
There is a wonderful promise in Genesis 28:15. God said, "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
God had John record a similar thought in his first letter, "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ." (I John 1:3)
When you strike out this week, when the other team gets a hit off your best pitch, hear Him say, "Forget about it. I'll pick you up. You'll be OK, I still believe in you, don't give up." You Gotta Believe!
Life is a team sport and playing on the team with God, His power, and His promises means ultimate victory. No wonder Paul said we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ! Believe it!