In our family, baseball is not just a pastime, but a way of life. Both of my sons play the sport year-round. Over the past 15 years, we have cheered on the bleachers and screamed in the dugouts for about a million baseball games (ok…I’m stretching it for emphasis). Some of those games, we walked away winners, our heads held high, bats up on our shoulders. It was, and still is, a great feeling of accomplishment. There were also many times, when we experienced terrible loss. The games that ended up 15-0 in three innings were especially hard to swallow. Instead of the victory march, the boys (and parents) would walk off the field dragging their spirits and bat bags behind them. The big challenge before every single game was this: Are we going to play like winners or losers? Usually, the mindset or belief before the game would determine the outcome.
Life has many of the same types of challenges as the great game of baseball. Instead of striving to be positive, there are many times that we cycle in and out of defeat, hating ourselves and the choices that we have made. We start playing like losers.
There are also those instances when we do good works with hope that it will some how make up for all the wrong things we have done. Romans 4 simply states that it is neither our righteousness or our unrighteousness that determines our relationship with God. Our FAITH is how God credits our righteousness (without guilt or sin).
How can you find freedom from defeat? Play like a winner! Choose to believe God. Choose to believe in His promise to make you a new person. Believe that you are beautiful to Him and that He has a purpose for your life.
Jesus took on your unrighteousness so that you could become righteous. He paid the price for sin so that you can live in victory! Jesus has placed a value greater than gold on your faith. He is not keeping score because your works, good or bad, have absolutely nothing to do with His love for you. Live life in belief and exist to win!
Belinda Jane is a musicianary, writer, speaker, teacher, coach and all around renaissance woman, who tackles life creatively, wanders down a road less traveled, and leaps beyond the ordinary to share the love of Christ with others. Find more about Belinda Jane, her music and ministry at www.belindajanemusic.com.