"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
A few years ago during the off season, I decided to skip learning how to ski and go right for the snowboard. I loved it! But of course there were some bumps and bruises along the way.
After the first day, I had trouble sitting down and my wrists hurt. So we got wrist guards and I thought about butt pads, but since God gifted me in that area, I thought I would be fine. By about the third day, I was doing pretty well. I could get on and off the lift (mostly) without incident, go for a little bit and do a J turn to come to a somewhat cool stop. On the Fourth day, I was feeling pretty confident and thought “I’ve got this down!” so I decided to try the bigger beginner hill. I rode the lift, got off without falling, strapped in my board, took one look down the hill...and went way too fast! I did make it down - pretty much the whole way on my behind! After that, I decided I needed to go back for another lesson on how to control my speed.
Sometimes life is the same way. Just when I think, “I’ve got this down,” I face a hill that is a little more than I can handle and have to go back for more instruction. I find that as I get older, I notice that my walk with the Lord is the same way too. I keep thinking that “I finally have this down.” I keep thinking that I am strong in my faith. After all, God gave us many years in baseball and brought us through sickness and injury, no money, bad numbers and awesome experiences. My focus is centered on God and I have this down! I can’t be thrown off, I’m a mature Christian! ... Then I hit a steep hill and fall flat on my face! Pride Hill is a steep hill. But praise the Lord He is strong in our weakness.
When I face something that is a little tougher, I have to go back to the master teacher to stay focused on what is important. Learning and growing never stops. We may never have it all down, but God wants to teach us and prepare us for the big hills of life.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for always picking me back up when I fall and for continuing to teach me to be more like Jesus each day.
Suggested Reading: 2 Corinthians 12