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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Thursday, June 20, 2019

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Call Up the Spirit

When a player gets selected in the MLB Draft, their journey starts in the minors. A handful have skipped the minors, but most everyone has to go develop their skills. Time spent in the minors depends on the player’s talent and ability to improve. Unfortunately, the vast majority of players never make it to the majors.

As followers of Jesus, we believe and hold onto the great mystery of the Trinity: one God, three Persons, equal in nature and worthy of praise. If we honestly look into our lives as we try and live out the Gospel, we struggle at times because we are not allowing the Holy Spirit to fill us daily.

When we try to do things in our own strength, we get frustrated and fail. This striving is like having the Spirit in the minors of your life. Trying to do everything on our own power implies that the Spirit is lacking in a certain area, and we can do it better.

So what do we do? If we want the Spirit to fill us daily, we need to empty ourselves and admit our weaknesses. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Don’t let the Spirit dwindle in the minors of your life — call Him up! Allow the Spirit to fill you daily, so that you will not become overwhelmed by life’s circumstances.

Eddie Taubensee, former MLB catcher

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