Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.

Philippians 3:13

When I started learning to play baseball one thing our coach always said was ‘keep your eye on the ball’. Watching the ball is a vital skill you need when you are learning to play baseball. I learned the hard way why this is important after a ball bounced off my head.
Certain sports require that you keep your eye on the ball. It is true in marriage too. You have to keep your eye on the ball. That means constantly doing things to strengthen your marriage. Don’t merely be reactive; be proactive. Be the best husband you can be. Stoke the flames of your romance. Don’t neglect it.
It’s true in the Christian life as well. It isn’t always sinful things that distract us. Sometimes it’s choosing the urgent over the important, choosing good over what’s best, choosing the short-term over the long-term. So be careful. The moment you take your eye off the ball and start kicking back a little, that could be a setup for a fall. Be constantly moving forward, growing, learning, and becoming more like Jesus.

David Ball