The great thing about baseball is we get to play again tomorrow. Regardless of the outcome, in the regular season, the next game is never too far away! For that reason, players and coaches alike have adopted the saying “so what, next pitch.” Meaning, forget about what just happened and focus on the next pitch.
Neglecting to have this “so what” attitude leads even the best ball players into slumps. A bad swing can quickly turn into a bad at bat which turns into a bad game and before we know it, we are 0 for 10 or even worse!
The apostle Paul talked a lot about having this attitude. You see, Paul had a dirty past; full of shame and embarrassment. But Jesus Christ died an embarrassing death on a cross (the cross was only used for killing the worst kind of criminals) which wiped Paul’s past, as well as my past and your past mistakes, totally clean. A man who once killed Christians was made new and turned into one of the most influential Christians of all time. He was given a second chance at life and made the most of it. He was only able to do this because God sent his only son to the cross to give eternal life to those who believed (John 3:16) which gives us a “so what, next pitch” mentality.
Paul gave advice to forget was is behind and strain towards what is ahead (Philippians 3:13). Jesus Christ set us free from our worst days so that we can play to our full potential from now on! So take Paul’s advice, accept the gift that Jesus gave us and live with the “so what, next pitch” mentality!
Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing. Isaiah 43:18-19
“Father God, thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for me on the cross and forgive me of the things in my past. Help me to live with the ‘So what, next pitch’ mentality. Amen.”