The greatest hurdle for me to tackle in my baseball career has been the battle of the mind. It was quite a while until I understood that I am in complete control of whatever happens in my mind; my mind does not have control over me. It’s taken time and I’m still nowhere near perfect in this area.
The enemy is going to attack our thoughts, but there is no set of circumstances or any physical roadblock that will determine how we control our mindset. In God’s Word, Paul tells us that with Christ, we don’t have to be conformed to the things of this world, but that our mind will be transformed.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.” — Romans 12:2
God has given us the power to understand that our mind is our own. As people created in the image of God, we actually have His mind! We just become clouded by the things of this world, drawing us away from Him. But when we are in fellowship with Him, He’s transforming us daily to become more like Him.
Rough situations may come upon me, but I have full control over how I react to them. That’s where we find it possible that His true image lives in us.
There is a constant battle within me to want to strive to be the best I can be. But God calls us to be the best we can be, while being filled with the peace of Christ, which tells us that God is ultimately in control of it all. When our hearts and minds are aligned with His, we are right where He wants us — in step with His perfect plan.
So when I have an inning that doesn’t go as I might have hoped, I can either dwell on it and think about all the things I did wrong, or I can recognize ways in which to grow and be grateful for the opportunity to become stronger. In that moment, I can choose to have a mindset that is grateful and set on growth, or one that is striving and unsatisfied.
Each day will come and go, filled with both good and bad circumstances. All I can do is etch God’s Word on my heart and center my mind on Him. He will be the one to transform me into His image — into the baseball player, husband, father and friend that He’s created me to be. Knowing that He’s in control doesn’t make me lackadaisical in my pursuit; instead, it pushes me to grow closer to Him and the goals He’s placed on my heart.
Do you need a mindset shift? What’s it going to take for God to grab your attention?
— Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers pitcher
Matthew Boyd is a regular contributor to The Increase and provides monthly articles and opinions.
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