Life is No Softball

Driving home from a Bible Study last night…

LifeI listened to the closing minutes of a radio talk show broadcasting “live from the Republican National Convention” in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s a local station that is setup at the RNC, and then the Democratic National Convention next week in Philadelphia, you know, that city of “brotherly love”.

The last few moments of an interview with an opposition research consultant, a phrase was used that struck me as odd:

Politics ain’t no softball.

True, politics is not a game. We want someone to use the power we give them intelligently. Successfully. Lead very well. Handle the tough calls.  The consulting firm does background reviews to help learn what can be revealed by the politician and help them to build a narrative – “Having a narrative is what all politics is about”. Though not looking for skeletons, each research helps to learn how to approach every potential positive and negative.

But, back to my point. Most of what I’ve learned is that “life” is no softball. It’s not a game. The rules are not soft. It’s all about life. Death. And living successful, even when there is a curve ball thrown your way. There are good times, surrounded by dollops of bad times. Each of us enjoy the good, and struggle with the heartaches.

Our struggles keep us distracted from our real purpose. We try to solve our problems with our own abilities, even when we understand there are better answers than we have available.

There are a couple of scriptures from Paul that I enjoy using to work on keeping my life in balance.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:5-8 NKJV)

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NKJV)

Flesh. Carnal. Leads to death. But spiritually minded is life and peace. Even when life is a struggle! “Life” comes from a Greek word meaning “…the state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate.” A spiritually minded person has a focus on life and peace. That’s what we all need. In the midst of the storms it is our spirituality that brings us peace. Latch onto that… It’s something to think about.