The evening was hot and the game was just getting started. The starting pitcher took the mound and threw the first pitch. After about 20 pitches, the coach called time and walked out to the mound to check on the composure of his pitcher. 3 runs had already come in. He walked 1 and now bases were loaded. He was starting to stress out. The last batter he faced was hit by a pitch. The coach came out to the mound to talk things over. This is what the pitcher remembers:
Forget that last pitch.
You cannot change the past so don’t live in it.
Live now. Pitch here.
Take a breath. Take control.
How many times do we allow the last pitch to control the next? What do I mean?
I have, and so have you, allowed the events of yesterday to control (determine) our present. A comment, look, or event that is a negative does not have to control how we act today. Can you change it? Can you go back and remove it? Can you time travel and adjust it? No. Why allow it to control you now? We must learn to focus on what we do now. While what we do in the past has both good and bad consequences, it is what we act, think, and say now that makes the difference. When we continue to determine our steps based on the past we will always be a step behind the present. We will be out of touch. Like the pitcher who must “shake off” that wild pitch and focus on the current batter so should we in our lives.
This does mean a “live for today” style of living. What we do today echoes in eternity. We determine the future today, not yesterday. What are you doing today?
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,
14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.