Our thinking was that we finally had a chance! This year we might make it further into the tournament than last year. The first game would be a breeze, and we would move on to the next game with no problems. That was not the case. The team was so busy looking forward to the next game that fatal mistakes were made in the first game…the one that should have been easy to win.
During baseball camp several years ago, the theme was “This game. This pitch. This play. This at bat.” The idea was that the players learn to focus on one thing at a time. They needed to learn to master the moment rather than worry about the next step. This would help them play the best and be the best at that moment in time. The future would take care of itself.
C.S. Lewis once said, “We must try to take life moment by moment. The actual present is usually pretty tolerable, I think, if we only refrain from adding to its burden that of the past and the future.” How often do we worry about our next big move and forget to live the day that God gave us? We are not guaranteed tomorrow, just like the team was not guaranteed the next game. Some people live their entire lives for tomorrow and forget about today. What if tomorrow never comes?
Given a chance to re-do that game day, I’m pretty sure the coach would play things quite differently. I imagine he would focus on the task at hand, taking the game moment by moment, and making sure the moves he made would lead to a win. He would secure the first game before worrying about the next.
What about you? Are you so focused on tomorrow that you forget to live the day God gave you? I know I do this often. The thing is that we are not guaranteed the next game. We are only given the moment. This day, this moment, this time is what God has given you. Win the day!