I just want to encourage somebody today. Maybe that somebody is you or maybe it’s me. Either way here goes. ( Insert your name here)________You can start and stop but don’t give up. You can press play , mute or pause but don’t log off. You can wait your tun in line or wait on hold but don’t hang up. It’s ok to be mindful, plan it out, take baby steps, regroup, rebrand, let go, prioritize and be courageous as your confidence is being built. Bold movements are not always easy to take but they are worth it. Step out on faith, trust God and believe He will carry you through. You are capable of doing and being just what God uniquely designed you for.
My mind is full of other people’s activities. I’m seeing and hearing lot of divisions between people over issues of racism, politics and pandemic plights. I have to remind myself not to get distracted or wrapped up in these activities. I can spend lots of time scrolling through my phone, scrolling through YouTube channels and TV channels as well all with people in the room or on Zoom with me. If I’m not careful to pay attention I might miss opportunities to be present, just listen, show love and respect, give honor to a deserving person, be challenged or be inspired. Being present while living this life on pitch is important because once we are gone that’s it. I know that God is in control of everything and does not need to be updated like we do. God hears, sees and knows. He is with us so that relieves me from having to figure out everybody and every issue. Live and forgive I say, and stay connected by being present with people who are right in front of you. I’m learning when I’m being fully present, there really can be joy in the midst of it all, light in darkness and peace in the storms of life. Prayer: Lord thank you for being present. You are always paying attention to what’s going on in my life. Please help me to be present and remove any distractions that will hold me back today.
I’ve learned that it is ok to feel the pressure but it’s not ok to pressure myself. You know that feeling of wanting to get it right, get it all done, and get it all together can be overwhelming. Taking on more than we need to can be a way of putting pressure on ourselves. I’m here to tell you, that you don’t have to add anything more to life’s daily to-do list. You can pace yourself through it. By pacing, I mean sometimes things will go quick and sometimes they move slower. Everything you do doesn’t have to be a sprint, a fast-action drama, a fast forward or a speed race. Clocks will keep on ticking no matter what, so think of your pace before pressuring yourself to do more than you can handle. Now that’s what I call living on pitch! What are you pressuring yourself to do or accomplish? How will you pace yourself today?
Have you ever said or thought there’s just not enough hours in the day? I’ll admit I thought that many times. I’m learning to work through these things called minutes though. Managing the minutes of my day is no easy task. Early this year my church challenged me to read the Bible for 15 minutes a day. They meant everyday too. I love my church and the annual focal points each year. We are reading through the New Testament together this year. Well, I accepted the challenge and in my mind I thought immediately ok, I can do that. Sounds easy enough. I started to read, marked the time off my calendar and set a reminder. That was earlier this year, it’s now September and the 15 minutes a day challenge has me feeling like I didn’t get the memo. I have a confession to make. I haven’t consistently used my 15 minutes a day to read through the Bible. I don’t always complete the challenges I accept. I’m a work in progress and I really want to do better. The time is still marked on my calendar. I still read the Bible, but not for 15 minutes a day with intention. The reality I face and most of us face is being intentional about using our time. Mentally blocking out the time to meditate on God’s word is one of the hardest, but most rewarding and fulfilling things we could ever do. I saw a TV commercial speaking of how 15 minutes could save a person 15% on their insurance. Most of us have heard talk of someone getting their 15 minutes of fame. What’s so special about 15 minutes with God? I don’t know for sure but I believe forming a habit of daily bible intake is more than likely better than saving on insurance, or becoming famous for a short time period. This is not the same thing as tracking progress in an app everyday, drinking 8 glasses of water, or or waiting over 10 minutes for a table at your favorite restaurant. It’s about showing up, even it it’s just for 1 minute. I keep telling myself if you can listen to audiobooks for hours, chat on the phone with your friends for hours and watch your favorite tv shows for hours of entertainment then surely you can take a minute or two, maybe even 15 minutes to listen to God, chat with Him and watch Him work things out in your life. I hope to continue forming the habit of reading the Bible with intention and anticipation. How do you intentionally use your time?
You ever notice how stop signs are red, some have flashing lights and are meant to be obeyed and seen? Have you ever run through a stop sign perhaps because you didn’t really see it? Or maybe missed a stop on your journey? I was talking to a friend about how to live on pitch the other day and realized that I missed a few stop signs in my own life. I’ll admit I’m a busy person and I try to do everything but I’m learning to stop trying to do it all. Truth is I can’t do everything. God is the only one who can do everything, be everywhere, see and know everything. I had to stop and say to myself, I am not God. I must stop trying to do everything. Health issues become my stop signs when I try to do too much. Another thing I am learning is stop trying to do everything right. It’s all imperfect. Unless God puts His supernatural hands on it, blows divinely on it and blesses it nothing I do is to perfection. Good and perfect gifts come from above according to the Bible. Fear and procrastination become stop signs when I try to do it all so perfectly. I have to tell myself God will accept it as is. When we ignore the flashing lights and fail to see the stop signs in life accidents can happen, life can get overwhelming and nothing gets accomplished. We lose focus on the Master by ignoring the stop signs. What do you need to stop ignoring or doing to live more on pitch for God? I pray you will see the signs, the flashing lights in your life and start living today.
Sometimes friends come and go in our lives. I’ve learned to accept the fact that friends and family may unfollow me but goodness and mercy will never unfollow me. Thank God for His promises today. I am confident and I am never alone. When we focus on following God, no matter who comes in and out of our lives we can be assured of His presence which reminds us we are always in good company.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
With all my heart Lord.
All day I will trust in the Lord.
Lord help me get a grip before I slip. Anchored living starts with prayer. Now that’s what I call Living On Pitch.
Here’s two words that are good reminders for us to keep living on pitch.
When we are rooted in God’s word we can be sure our anchor in Christ hold us with a firm grip.
It’s here, time to embrace the new year of 2018. We have a brand new year to keep living on pitch. 365 more days to keep pressing on. How will you live more on pitch this year than you did last year? Will you be more prayerful, more helpful, more thankful, more hopeful, more faithful, more confident, more loving or more peaceful? Whatever you want to do more of remember your purpose. Stay focused and believe what God’s word already says in Matthew 19:26 (ESV) with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible. I’m praying to have a great start, great endurance and great victories for His glory. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.