Carli is in the process of trying out for the Junior Varsity softball team of her school. In preparation, she came to me for guidance. I may not be the best coach, however I am available and I care. The practice has been fun. She is a natural talent so my role is one of getting her execution to be consistent and naturally repetitive.
Two handed catching, watching the ball through contact with the bat, using the power found in the turn of the body, staggered feet when catching, getting down low for grounders; there is a long list.
I believe “true” things are always fun. We may not see it that way at the time; however, when one looks back the difference between fun truth and burdensome truth falls into two buckets. Either the thing we thought was true is not, or we thought our own “truth” (way of doing things) was better than the truth presented.
This applies to everything in life. God's truth is not a burden that we have to drag around in order to get a prize. Whatever it is that we are dragging, we should let go and pursue the freedom found in the God of grace, acceptance, and forgiveness! I find that by doing this the burden of false truth begins to drop away (as I let go) and I clearly see the big challenge; letting go of my pride and ego. I always think I know what to do. I believe I understand God. When I realize my failings and brokenness, then and only then am I in a position to trust and walk in faith.
God gives us simple advice. “Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they're bursting with health.” (Proverbs 4.21,22)
Carli is not on the team yet. They did call asking her to try out for Varsity though. You and I are not home yet. Meanwhile, God is preparing a special place for each of us.