Keeping My Eye on the Ball

There’s a picture in my high school year book, senior year, of me connecting bat to softball. I am recorded for the ages in my blue and white Sherwood Warriors uniform, applying a mighty swing. The funny thing is, I am not looking at the ball. I am looking off into center field where I hope to hit it. The caption reads, “Wendy Rilling taps ball in front of plate.”

Yep. I think I beat that one out for a single, but it was not one of my better at bats. In fact, by high school, I didn’t have “the feel” for hitting like I did when I was a bit younger. Curiously, this photo probably holds the answer to why…I was trying to hit by feel, not by sight.

I guess I have always been kinesthetic, probably made that way. But I wonder how often this prohibits me from really succeeding. What if I truly attended to the thing I was doing?  If I trained my eyes on the one thing in my hands. And wasn’t so often looking into the distance to see what might become of my effort. What if I just gave the day its day? the moment its moment?

Two hands and both eyes trained on what the Lord requires of me right now.

I know the Bible says we’re supposed to walk by faith and not sight, but blind faith – at least for me – is not usually a good combination.


Here’s Rosy in her bath:

Rosy enjoying a rinse

About wlebolt

Wendy is a health and fitness professional and coach who specializes in helping young athletes dig deep to reach high. Her business, Fit2Finish, LLC, serves the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Posted on August 31, 2012, in In Action and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. love Rosie’s face! Sorry, not absorbing the depth of the devotion, just loving the photo — joy!

  2. Glad I remembered share the photo, then, Patrice. I think, according to yesterday’s message I was expecting the dog bath would prove to be a God circumstance. I think mostly it was just a chance to get wet and smell like dog.

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