Get a helmet & get over it, all-star!

June 18, 2013

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Life is tough.


We’ve all heard the phrase “Life is tough, get a helmet.”


Honestly, I find that phrase so annoying!


Why? Because at the time when someone is saying that to me, the only response I find necessary is: “Really? At a time like this? You’re gonna need a helmet when I throw something at you.”


For real, though.


Truthfully though, life is really hard.


It is often unfair.


It has a way of kicking us when we’re down, when we feel like we’ve had enough, it reminds us, it could always be worse.


In the areas we often desire security, we are plagued with uncertainty.


In the times where we are craving adventure, our lives feel full of complacency.


In the midst of the circumstances we once dreamed of, we find ourselves still…unsatisfied.


However, I think it is no mistake that this is the case.


Because I have realized that when I think I have it all- the job, the security, the relationship, the friends, the financial situation, the “life”- I get comfortable.


I stop striving and start settling.


While life does not always toss me the most preferable pitches, I would be a pretty boring hitter if I only ever received a fastball.


Not to mention, that would not help me grow. Or improve. Or seek.


But when I am thrown a curveball or a slow ball, I am forced to re-evaluate.


I am forced to learn something new, gain a new perspective and find a new way to hit the ball of life.


It sounds cliché but it really is true.


It all comes down to the truth that saved us all: If life was fair, we wouldn’t be here.


What do we DESERVE?


To go to you know where.


But, Jesus.


It’s always that. Jesus. (If you’re tired of me saying, “But, Jesus”, you probably shouldn’t read my blog again. It all goes back to Him).


Life isn’t fair. Nope, not at all.


And on the days when I am experiencing the trials it shoves my way, I’d like to argue that I don’t deserve such circumstances or the whole response, “Why me?”


But then I think about Jesus and I go…


Why me?


Why did the King of Kings die for me?


It is then that the slow pitches, curve balls and getting pegged, well, they don’t seem so painful.


They remind me that I only have the opportunity to hit because the coach lets me play and because of that, I can put on my helmet and get over myself.


Self-reliance is dangerous.


It is a scary place.


And sadly enough, it’s our human tendency. To think that we, by our little, lonesome selves, can handle this life alone.


That is when we receive one of those rockin’ in your face pitches and we are humbled a little bit


Yep, shorty. You better look at your coach cause you have no idea what  you’re doing.


So my advice today: Yes, life is tough. But be thankful for your helmet because it means you’re doing something other than sitting on the bench.

Get a helmet and get over it, all-star!

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” -James 1:12

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33


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