Aim High – Do Overs

IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3

Three of the Grandchildren accompanied me on a photo shoot Friday to beautiful Fairhope. When the excursion was planned I expected sunshine with white fluffy clouds but alas it was overcast; yet we still managed to get a few noteworthy pictures I think. Before the shoot, we lunched at a local drive-in and for a mid-afternoon treat we pampered ourselves with ice cream and yogurt and in between we played ball. Yep. Me too. I did some pitching and not much catching. It was while pitching this IDOK thought came. I noticed that my focus while pitching was of utmost importance. Even if I put all the power I had in the pitch, the ball was still a grounder if I aimed too low. And it would be at that point that Jeffrey in his sweet grace would yell out ‘do over’. It took much of the afternoon but I finally caught on — aim high as you bring your arm back (yes, I’m girl and with my limited strength I pitch underhanded), keep your eyes up and out there above the catching field as you complete your pitch. If I wanted to get the ball to my ‘young-uns’ out there in the ‘field’ I had to focus above and beyond them as I completed the pitch otherwise the ball would fall short of their catching field. In other words, I had to aim (focus my eyes) beyond my throwing abilities and even beyond my target to get the ball into their playing field.
I’m still pondering spiritual applications here but this I know so far, it’s our aim – our focus that determines how good is our pitch. If we look only at our situations, no matter how hard we try we can expect to pitch a ‘grounder’. If we look only at the needs around us and do not look up and beyond to our Father’s Resources to meet those needs, we can expect to throw a ‘do over’. And believe me I have thrown my share of ‘do overs’ not only on Friday’s playground but at this game we call Life.
It’s a GREAT thing that our God allows us ‘do overs’ again and again while we learn to look up and beyond not only our ‘playing field’ but also our own fears, doubts and limitations.
So whatever is on your ‘plate’ today, AIM HIGH and as you practice your aim if you happen to pitch a grounder, listen carefully and you will hear Your Father tenderly say in Great Grace ‘Do Over’ – ‘Try Again’.
Philippians 4: 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Matthew 18 (The Message Bible): 12-14″Look at it this way. If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way. He doesn’t want to lose even one of these simple believers. 15-17″If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.
Oh Father, You are so AWESOME. I love You. Thank You for those whispers of Do Over – Try Again. Some of our IDOKs may need to be reminded today that You call out Your Grace to us and You allow us to try again when we have failed. Holy Spirit help us all to look at the ‘plates’ we have today and if needful to scrape something off and as we examine our plates to be sure to keep looking up and beyond ourselves to You for wisdom and strength enough to pitch well today and in pitching well or catching well be a blessing to not only to our brothers and sisters but to others who have not yet joined Your (our) Team. Father, thank You for Grandchildren and spiritual lessons; thank You for teaching us Life Lessons in play times. Thank You that You can take any time and make it a blessed learning and growing time if we will look and listen for You. Thank You. Help us do this today. And Father, we come now with these listed here and we pray for them that on whatever ‘playing field’ they are today that they will hear Your Sweet Grace coming and giving them strength and direction, wisdom and information and mercy, grace and peace in abundance. Thank You for our IDOK Troops thank You for the many, many days of safety and protection You have given them, continue on today we pray. You know all the things on our hearts this morning and to them all we surrender to Your Will for Jesus sake. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. Oprah. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Odessa H. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Tonya and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance and Baby. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III. Bay N.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Lee.

As I post this it is 92°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 4:40 PM AST – on April 21, 2008

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