Dad In The Stands

May 24, 2012

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” –Hebrews 13:5

Read: Hebrews 13

If you’ve been on PrayFit for any stretch of time, you probably by now know that I’m a baseball fan. In fact, I believe Babe Ruth spoke wisdom when he said, “Baseball is the greatest game that God ever saw fit to let man invent.” Years later, Joe DiMaggio said, “I’d like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.” But I think my boy Derek Jeter (who last night reached 15th on the all-time hits list) said it best when he said, “My dad has been with me for every at-bat.”

You know, for Jeter to reach milestones that few people have ever reached, not only means he’s pretty talented, but it also means he knows how to handle defeat. To help put it in perspective, for every 10 at-bats over the course of his career, Jeter has failed seven times. And yet, day in and day out, he leans on his dad, steps in the box, and swings away.

You and I might not be in the big leagues, but we do have a Dad in the stands. And when it comes to our faith and health, even though we swing and miss daily, we’re part of His line-up. Of course, a perfect average isn’t possible, but He’s with us for every at-bat, so why not make each day we swing count? After all, living abundantly is all He wants us to do before we head for home.

–Jimmy Peña

Where do you find yourself striking out? Poor plate appearances and food choices? No time to have fun exercising? What is your toughest pitch to hit in becoming a healthier you?

What’s your routine after work? Do you come home and sit on the couch or chair?
Do you jump straight on the computer or in front of the television?

CHALLENGE: Will you commit to walking the bases (around the block) daily with your spouse or friend for one week before you turn on the television each night? We realize that such specifics may not apply to you, but it’s the small hits that add up to big change. Find the ones that will make a difference in your life and choose.

FEEDBACK: We want to know what changes you’re making that are promoting health in your home so that others can be encouraged. Please share your comments below. Be blessed.

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  1. Ashley

    Thank you for this beautiful post. Recently I’ve started taking 3-minute cold showers or baths every other day. ‘Cold Thermogenisis’ is supposed to have many health benefits, like revving metabolism, improving the function of your bodies brown fat, detoxing, anti-cancer, among other things. It was really hard to do at first, but my body has started to not cringe so much when it comes in contact with the cold water and I’ve discovered that after I do this I have a tremendous amount of energy for hours, it REALLY wakes your body up.

  2. Denise Taylor

    I use sports analogies in my presentations often also. Baseball included. The professionals don’t throw a pitch or swing the bat once without looking to the coach first. Therefore, we all should look to our Head Coach every day, multiple times a day, before we swing or pitch…I love your mission and feel very much a part of the only team I want to be active on….Our Father’s :D

  3. Jim Dewart

    Another beautiful thought is “God Is My Co-Pilot”.

  4. Melissa Patrick

    A bunch of us at work agreed to train to walk a half marathon in October. Someone distributed training schedules and we email encouraging messages to each other. Knowing others are expecting me to be faithful to the schedule so I can be ready in October gives me that extra motivation I need to work out when I don’t feel like it (though some days I wonder what I was thinking when I agreed to do this!). I don’t want to be the one falling behind (physically or spiritually).

  5. Bonnelle

    Discipline is my challenge… I start out doing well (like this week) but then a couple of weeks I get tired of trying so hard & miss a day… or two… or three and then before I know it… I have to start all over again. Hopefully this time I can stay on track & shake things up occasionally so I don’t get bored with working hard.

    Thanks for all the daily reminders to keep my eyes focused on my Dad/Head Coach/Leader in all things.

  6. BrakerK

    Thanks for.this especially the challenge. My biggest struggle/ that I have no routine. I literally don’t know what job I may hold the next day. I find without this.routine my discipline has disappeared. I will commit to a 20 min walk (or some activity) for.the next week! Thanks again.

  7. Sandie Powell

    I am one who does NOT qualify for “the big leagues” as you worded it. I have learned to be content in the minors. At my age…it is great to be on the team!

    A morning prayer walk is my exercise for discipline and wellness. Traveling, only continually, presents diet challenges. Each meal is a choice…sometimes good, often bad!

    Thankfully, God does not give up and remains faithful, cheering me on through Scripture and great devotions, like Prayfit.

  8. KristieS

    I have been on the eat clean diet for a year now and it is the best diet (lifestyle) I have ever been on. Someone on the website told me about prayfit and it is so great! But like everything sometimes my motivation goes to zero. So now the last few weeks before I go to bed I talk to God about my menu for the next day. We talk it over and I pledge to him I will stick with it. Somehow telling Him these things keeps me accountable. Thank God for eat clean diet and prayfit and now heaven up!

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