Walk Away from Your Hands

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There’s this principle that we see in hitting that we can learn a lot from in our faith. It pertains to the relationship between our hands and our body. If they both go back at the same time, then they will both come forward at the same time. If this happens, then we can’t stop our hands from coming forward on off-speed pitches. Once our foot hits the ground, we have to swing whether the ball is there or not. Where our body goes, our hands will go too. This is typically how every hitter starts.

However, as a hitter matures in his development, good hitters figure out that they need to separate their hands from their body. When this happens, their hands work back when their body comes forward creating tension in the core that results in torque. When they work in opposite directions it actually creates power and even if the body is out front, the hands can stay back and still hit off-speed pitches. This is what we see in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

“16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” Our body is like our outer self, while our hands are like our inner self. The problem is, when those two are attached, our inner man decays along with our outer man. We become completely dependent upon our circumstances being favorable in order for our spirit to be at peace. This is how we all start.

Hopefully with maturity, we are able to get our outer self and our inner self to work in opposite directions. That is, while our outer self is decaying, our inner self is being renewed. So when our body is moving forward, our hands can be working back creating power. What would that look like in our lives if we were actually building power when things in life go bad? That would require our focus moving from our momentary light affliction to our eternal weight of glory. That would mean that our focus would be on the eternal things not seen instead of the temporal things that are seen. If we’re intentional in living this out with a bat in our hands, we can be intentional in living this out when our circumstances and our outer self is in decay.