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by Alan Smith
A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strutted through the backyard, wearing his baseball cap and toting a ball and bat. Im the greatest hitter in the world, he announced.
Then, he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it, and missed.
Strike One! he yelled. Undaunted, he picked up the ball and said again, Im the greatest hitter in the world!
He tossed the ball into the air. When it came down he swung again and missed. Strike Two! he cried.
The boy then paused a moment to examine his bat and ball carefully. He spit on his hands and rubbed them together. He straightened his cap and said once more, Im the greatest hitter in the world!
Again he tossed the ball up in the air and swung at it. He missed. Strike Three!
Wow! he exclaimed. Im the greatest pitcher in the world!
Its important that we find what were good at and do it with all our might. Not everyone can be a great hitter. If you cant hit, then work at being a great pitcher. If you cant do that, then be a great base runner... or fielder... or batboy (batgirl)... or fan in the stands!
One of the great aspects of the Lords church is that not everyone is expected to excel in the same areas. Some are great preachers. Others are great encouragers. Still others have a special way of working with children.
Thank God for the abilities and talents He has given you...|
Paul used the illustration of a human body, each part having a different function, and each one essential to the well-being of the body as a whole.
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12)
Thank God for the abilities and talents He has given you, and make every effort to use them to His glory in His kingdom. Do what he made you good at!
© 2002, Alan Smith. Used by permission. This devotional was reprinted from Thought for the Day.
Author: Alan Smith
Publication Date: March 20, 2002
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