Thursday, August 03, 2006

A Story Worth Sharing

This was from a devotional website I visit, and since it captured one of my favorite verses, I found today's especially cool. I think there's a lot to gain from the website - all of the trying to obtain the "if onlys" of life, keeping up with the Jones, etc.

Letting Go of the Myth
This devotional was written by Mike DeVries

The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:16

From my spot as first base coach, the situation looked pretty dire. The Orioles, my son’s team, was in the first game of a three-game series for the league championship. It was the top of the fourth inning and we were losing 7-2.

The bases were loaded with one out, and into the batter’s box steps #17, my son. A week earlier, he had missed a home run by a few feet. I don’t know what he was thinking, but I was thinking, “Now would be a pretty good time.”

Strike one. Ball one. Strike Two. Ball Two.

As the pitcher released the next pitch, I could see that it was going to be a strike. At that moment, everything came together. The swing of the bat. The crack of the ball. It was a deep fly ball to right field, which had definite possibilities. I remember thinking, “That ball could be out of here.”

The right fielder went back the fence and looked up – a Grand Slam.

When my son reached home plate, he was mobbed by his teammates. One of the younger players watching the game ran out into the parking lot to retrieve the ball. I’ll never forget the look in my son’s eyes…it was like a dream come true.

In fact it was. All season he had talked about what it would feel like to hit a home run. I even found him after practice one day, swinging the bat and “watching” the ball as it went out over the right field fence. “Someday,” the look on his face told me.

As I tucked him in bed the night, he clutched the ball. I lay down next to him to relive the moment. “What was it like to hit a ball that far? How does it finally feel to hit a home run?” I asked.

“Good. But you know what, I still feel like me.”

I think we live with a myth that we’ll finally be somebody when we accomplish whatever it is we think we want to accomplish in life. “If only I could…” becomes the defining thought of our lives – hoping and awaiting to arrive – “… then, I’ll be somebody.”

But the fact of the matter is this: If you are not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.

As you look in the mirror, deeply searching the image you see, what are you living for? Are you living the myth of someday – seeing your identity and worth wrapped up in the attainment of that elusive dream?

Perhaps it’s time to remember that God sees you as enough without it, so attaining that dream isn’t going to change a thing. Perhaps it’s time to let go of the myth, and be embraced by the One who sees you as one who as already arrived


chele said...

Wow. Fabulous. I hadn't checked that website this morning so I read the story for the first time on your blog. I was very moved and appreciative of the timing. What a beautiful reminder to live each day for His glory and allow Him to shine through us. To celebrate each moment is a powerful principle....
FYI, the devotion website is:
Thanks for sharing...

JustMe said...

OK, Steph, you're making me cry at work...I'll have to spend some time thinking about this one. I've spent years trying to let go of my Perfectionist God who I am forever disappointing. God's love is hard for me to accept and yes, I'm always pretty sure he's waiting for me to "arrive," as much as I am. Thanks for passing this on at a time when I needed to hear it.

HollieHobbie said...

I just drooled because I was so enamored by this post that I forgot to swallow. First of all WAY TO GO, BRAYDEN!
Next, I like this gentle reminder. I've been guilty of using the term "If only...." I have made a definite effort to not say that lately and feel an art of "letting go". Like, "If only I can lose the weight" but then it will turn into "if only I can get a tummy tuck" or "if only I can get extensions to look like her" But lately I have felt like I just want to be healthier and maybe losing weight will be a bonus!
Anyways, good post, Steph

StephieAnne said...

Hollie, lest anyone get confused, I just want to point out that Brayden wasn't part of this story -it was written by one of the devotional authors. Wouldn't that be cool, though. Wish I could take credit for writing it.....