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Stopping at Second: Baseball Lesson II

  • 2008 30 Jun
Stopping at Second: Baseball Lesson II

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the little guy who ran with eyes wide. He stopped at second, gazing toward the outfield, shocked at how far he’d hit the ball.

Meanwhile, the third base coach waved frantically, urging the young hitter to take one more base. But instead of responding the boy stood paralyzed, awestruck by his hit. Shocked by how well he’d done, he was unable to even consider how much further he could go. What could have been a triple became a double. The well wishers in the stands groaned, and the coach shook his head.

If only the little guy hadn’t taken his eyes off his coach, our team would have been set up to score.

Last week we talked about the batter who stutter stepped, taking his eye off the goal. This week is even more profound to me. The little guy in this story took his eyes off his coach.

The spiritual application convicts even as I ask myself the hard questions: How many times have I taken my eyes off the Lord, staring in both wonder and fear, surprised by where he’d taken me? How much farther could I have gone if my eyes had remained fixed on Jesus? How much time have I wasted worrying about whether or not I can make it to the next place instead of just looking to Him and following?

One of my favorite verses is Hebrews 12:2 which admonishes me to keep my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith. When I focus on Him the questions fade. I no longer ask what I am capable of. Instead, I simply follow His instructions.

Dear God, please help me keep my eyes on You.


A home schooling mother of four, Paula Moldenhauer is passionate about God's grace and intimacy with Jesus. Her website offers home schooling hints, book reviews, and a free weekly devotional, Soul Scents. Subscribe to Soul Scents at You can contact Paula at