I met with one of our board members for an early breakfast this morning and it helped me get my head back in the game after a trip around my annual spring training weekend in Arizona. It reminded me of a sports comic strip that has a baseball player in the outfield thinking, “Who am I? Where did I come from? What is the meaning of life?” In the next frame the other outfielder is yelling at him to get his head in the game. So in the final frame, he’s thinking, “Who will hit the ball to me? Where should I throw it? What is the official paid attendance?”
I actually think that answering the first three meaning-of-life questions might prepare him better to play the game — certainly to play the game of life, which, if he’s thinking about it properly, would include everything he does including playing in the outfield. We all need to be grounded in who we are (we are made in the image of God and fully loved by Him), where we came from (we were spoken into existence from the very mind of God), and what the meaning of life is (to love God and enjoy Him forever). I would think you could play a pretty good outfield if you knew all that. Otherwise, he’s just a skill set. Obviously he has the skills or he wouldn’t be there, but what keeps him going with passion?
What keeps him leaping up against fences risking injury to get that ball? What keeps him running hard to first base even when it’s an obvious out? Is it because every coach he’s played for since little league told him to always hustle to first, or is it because he is playing to the glory of God? Living to the glory of God covers a whole lot of ground whatever it is you do. Sure you need the skill sets for whatever you are doing, but what sets you apart are having answers to the big questions.
We are all living out our destiny. There are no little people. We are all important in God’s eyes because we all come from God and are going back to Him. Get this settled and a lot of what you are doing will fall into place.
Amen: “There are no little people. We are all important in God’s eyes…”
Yes, it does fall into place with the big answers. Everything has meaning.