The way Jesus lived His life was drastically different from how many of us do today. The rhythm and pace of His days were intentional and yet interruptible. He was in no hurry and always had time to spend with people. He was the busiest man in the history of the world, and yet He still had time for interruptions. No one was turned away.
Our pace and lifestyle should reflect that of Jesus’. The way we live should encourage people to look at Jesus — not just His teaching, but His way of life and His ethics. How He walked on this earth is important. It was for a reason He would get up early and steal away to spend time with the Father. And it was for a reason that He would intentionally spend time in community with people.
As I study God’s Word more and more, I’m finding it incredibly important to reorient my life to match that of His Son. This season, while we are forced to take a break from baseball, is a perfect time to do just that. I’m being forced to live an unhurried life.
Most of us have a fear of being unproductive. We may be afraid that if we slow down, we’re not going to be successful or that people may judge us for not working hard. We live in a society that tells us we should be independent, hardworking, achieved and successful, but a lot of times we place these goals ahead of the priorities of Jesus. There’s nothing wrong with working hard, especially for the Kingdom, but if work is our top priority, we’re out of line.
This was a big factor in me giving my life to Jesus. Before I surrendered to Christ, my identity was so wrapped up in my performance, achievement and success. I was constantly on a crazy rollercoaster of highs and lows. I needed God to come in and give me a new identity, which He did. It’s not that my priorities became perfectly aligned with His the day I gave my life to Christ, as I still struggle with that today, but I’m working on creating a different way of life, defining myself as God defines me. I don’t want to fix my worth on box scores, how many hits I’ve gotten, or the awards I’ve received.
Professional baseball is a career where you are praised by fans, teammates, friends and family when you’re doing well. But when you’re not doing well, many experience the reality of no one being there for you. Thankfully, I have a great support system, but it’s true that the praise comes in a lot more quickly when you’re doing well. When you’re not, it’s either crickets or critique. I see how my teammates who don’t know Jesus and their worth in Him suffer. They need Him. We all do.
What are you placing your worth in today? Are you willing to accept the fact that Jesus sees you as you really are — a precious child of God?
— Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop
Nick Ahmed is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Nick’s Increase profile here: https://theincrease.com/author/nick-ahmed/
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