I remember my senior year of college baseball. I had made the transition from catching to pitching, and was throwing in a relief role typically towards the end of games. My junior year I had thrown around twenty innings and had a lot of success. I made the transition to the mound toward the end of the year my junior year and wound up with a 1.something ERA and pitched well. Going into my senior year this gave me a lot of confidence, I felt like I could get people out, attack hitters, and rely heavily on my fastball (since I had subpar off speed stuff). Over the course of my senior year, my arm got hurt, my velocity dropped, yet I still relied on my fastball and believed I could pitch the same way I previously had. I wound up my senior year with a 5.plus ERA, and had two grand slams hit of my in late inning situations. My previous success gave me unrealistic confidence, and a naive mentality about my own ability. My own success was my downfall. My false confidence set me up for failure, because I failed to be smart. I believe at times the Enemy can do the same thing. John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." At times we can be naive and feel that our own "success" sets us up to continue in that pattern. Yesterday Abbie and I did some relational counseling, we met with a couple to talk about relationships and talk about what we have learned. I believe Abbie and I have a good marriage and we love to connect with people on a relational level. However, after yesterday spending time talking about marriage, we proceeded to have a blow out fight at night.
I believe this is the way the enemy works, he catches us at a point of relaxation and proceeds to creep into to attempt to destroy. If we do not keep our guard up, we allow this to happen, we allow our own comfort and success to encourage us towards complacency. Similarly, if in our last at bat we hit someones fastball over the left field fence, our next at bat we do not look for that same pitch and at times can get beat by it and look stupid. Keep your guard up.
"But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."- Luke 21:36 Luke Sawyer FCA Dominican Republic Assistant Director of Ministry (829) 966-0289 www.fcadr.org Join our Support Team