OUTDOOR TRUTHS: Baseball Loaded with Superstitions
By Gary Miller
(This week’s "Outdoor Truths" comes from my Father/Son Devotional book. Pick yours up on the Outdoor Truths website.)
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Phil 4:13 NLT)
Son, each sport has its own unique skills that it takes to perform. The best athletes are gifted with a special ability and with a love for their particular sport. These things can only come from God. For these athletes to become the best, they have had to spend their whole life mastering just one thing. Whether they win or not is also in the hands of God and in their own willingness to train. That is one reason I don’t like seeing ball players holding on to superstitions.
Baseball players have plenty of them. They might only wear a certain hat on game day or refuse to step on a base line. Other sports have players that will only eat certain things on the day of the game or may only wear certain colors. These are all superstitions. Superstition is putting faith in some object that you believe has some magical power over an outcome. For instance, when a baseball pitcher refuses to step on the white base line, he is saying he believes if he steps on that line something bad will happen.
When he does this, he does two things. First, he lessens the value of all the time and work he has put in to become great. And secondly, he makes these his god. The Bible calls this idolatry and one form of idolatry is making an object a god that you pray to or put faith in. As a Christian you must only put your faith for any outcome in the hands of God and in your own desire to be the best. Nothing else matters. Nothing else will determine the outcome of anything in life. That doesn’t mean that you will be able to understand everything and that strange things won’t happen, but it simply means that you must always remember God is in control. Our verse today says it all. You and God need nothing else.
Prayer: “Father, teach my son to depend only upon You.”
Gary Miller can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.