Some of the best advice I’ve received lately has been this:
Never underestmate the importance of just getting on base.
In my line of work, the temptation is to get up to the pulpit every single Sunday and knock it out of the park with a homerun sermon that will reverberate through the ages, leave people weeping, and secure a 7 book deal with a major Christian publisher… and then do it again the following week.
That is all kinds of stupid.
Homeruns are great. There is nothing like hitting one and I welcome them when they happen but, no one should expect to hit them week in and week out.
What wins baseball games is the same thing that leads to a long and fruitful career preaching God’s Word week in and week out – getting on base.
Getting on base is playing the long game. It’s sustainable. It’s productive. It’s faithful.
For me, getting on base looks like helping people…
CONNECT with God’s Word in a meaningful and imporatnt way.
CONNECT what God is doing in their life with the mission of God.
CONNECT with their brothers and sisters in the pews.
CONNECT where they are now with where God wants them to be.
CONNECT them with the HOPE of God, Jesus Christ.
Sometimes, when we CONNECT the ball goes sailing up, up, and away and every one of these things happens and more. Those are good Sundays.
However, if I can make a CONNECTION with any one of these each week, that will make for a great legacy.
Don’t overestimate your ability to hit all the homeruns while at the same time underestimating the power of CONSISTENTLY CONNECTING and regularly getting on base.
What does consistently hitting singles and regularly getting on base look like for you?