I found myself really getting caught up in this year’s World Series, and why not? The storyline was perfect for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs. Cleveland hasn’t won a World Series since 1948 and Chicago’s last title went back 108 years to 1908—the turn of the century. No matter who won, it was going to be a great ending to a long story for the city and the fans alike.
I have never had the chance to play in a World Series, but I have played in some significant and meaningful games. What many players face in overwhelmingly momentous situations are the questions, “How am I going to handle this?” and “How am I going to perform under these heightened circumstances?” One of the ways players deal with high-pressure situations is to simplify the moment. For example, a hitter simplifies the at-bat by telling himself to put a solid swing into a good pitch, realizing it’s out of his control after that. A pitcher does the same thing by being confident in his pitch selection and trusting his mechanics and the defense behind him. Each player trusts in his ability to do what he has been doing all year long, hoping to accomplish what he is aiming to do in that pressure situation.
The vast majority of us will never be in the same kind of high-pressure event that players experience in a World Series game, but in our lives we will all face situations that are big and overwhelming. How can we deal with the big moments that will come into our lives? I believe that living your life following Christ is no different from playing in a World Series game—we have to find a way to simplify it.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we need to simplify life situations and find a way to be thankful for what God has done for us and given us. Here are just a few things I hold onto that create a thankful heart in me towards God.
- I’m thankful God made me (Psalm 139:13-16).
- I’m thankful I cannot be separated from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39).
- I’m thankful God’s grace is enough (2 Corinthians 12:9).
- I’m thankful for God sending Jesus out of love (Romans 5:8).
- I’m thankful God will finish what He started in me (Philippians 1:6).
Thanksgiving is a time where we enjoy a meal and fellowship with those we’re thankful for. But I hope we also take the time to reflect on what God has done, offering THANKS for the GIVING of His Son Jesus Christ. Everything around us can spiral out of control, but when that starts to happen, I think about these truths and remind myself that my life needs to be a living thank-you for what He has done.
Happy Thanksgiving. Be thankful for what God has done in you, for you, and through you.
—Eddie Taubensee, PAO’s Director of Baseball Ministry
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