Defeat? Oh, you will experience it. Temporarily.
You’re going to get up to that plate and you’re going to do your BEST to hit that ball. And sometimes– sometimes, you’re gonna miss it. You’re going to hear that last “STRIKE!” and your heart is going to sink a little bit. You’re going to be tempted to throw your bat and make a scene but you know what’s on the line so you’re going to simply return to your dugout.
NOW, when you’re back and you’re recalibrating and assessing what happened– now is the important time. Remember: It was ONE strikeout. You applied the knowledge the best you knew how under the pressure in that particular moment and it’s over. Let it be over. But heed the lesson. Was it your stance? Your timing? Evaluate.
And then? Choose to focus on your next up at bat. Your temporary defeat does not determine your entire batting average! You have more times to swing and more games to play!
Life will have many strike-outs. From personal experience, those were my greatest lessons. I became a sponge after that because I knew something had to change if I wanted a different result.
Friend, I’m not sure where you’re at in your week or what has happened thus far, but I do know one thing- Satan would love for you to focus on your strikeout this week rather than your next opportunity. Don’t give in. Regain your composure, remember the basics, and let Him refresh your confidence.
Swinging again- that’s what it’s about.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” -James 1:12
“Stand firm, and you will win life.” -Luke 21:19