All-American, Brandon Miller, Millersville University (D2 National Championship Runner Up)
Baseball is one of the only sports that causes players and coaches to look ahead into the future. One example of this would be when the coach relays to the catcher to intentionally walk the batter to set up for the potential double play. No one knows for sure if the double play is going to happen, but it is a chance that the coach will take.
With the coaches and players around us thinking about the future, it is essential that we stay in the present moment. Focus on hitting this pitch, fielding this ground ball, throwing the pitch for a strike or catching a fly ball.
This is how we as believers need to view our own lives. We must focus on God in the present moment and not worry about what will happen tomorrow. In Matthew 6 verses 25-27 Jesus is giving his sermon on the mount and is speaking on how believers should not worry. He says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Then in verse 34 he adds, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
When we stay in the present moment we are able to realize how much God has blessed us and we can thank him for everything he has given to us.
By staying in the present moment and not worrying about the future we must also forget what happened in the past. God calls us to forget our short comings in the past because he forgave us and forgot our sins. Paul say is Philippians 3 verses 13 and 14, “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
In the present moment, have the end goal in mind. The goal of standing before God at the pearly gates and having him declare. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”