My opening weekend as a professional softball player wasn’t necessarily the way I wanted it to be. I came into the league forgetting I would be facing the players I have looked up to since I was young. It was something so different and so bizarre. To be quite honest with you, I was a little bit star-struck. But to get to the point of this… I did awful. I probably had one of the worst weekends I have ever had as a softball player and I was so upset about it. I felt unworthy and undeserving to have been given the chance to play at this level having done so poorly. Have you guys ever felt like that in your sport and even worse, your faith?
There have been so many times I have questioned if God is really going to forgive me for what I have done. I have felt like I was so unworthy and so undeserving to be saved and to be forgiven by such a perfect God. You see, even when you are in a slump both physically and spiritually, you are placed there for a reason. God believes that we are all fully worthy and deserving of his grace. Ask Paul. He persecuted Christians and God still used him to spread Jesus around the world. He was put here for a reason, just like YOU.
I had to take a moment to realize that I will probably be in a slump again, just like everybody else, but the reason I am a professional athlete is because I have been good at getting out of those slumps. Now think about your faith. There are so many times when we feel like we are in a spiritual slump and that’s okay. Unfortunately, it WILL happen again. Jesus died on the cross for us giving us the grace to be in a slump while giving us the power to overcome it.
And perhaps the best news is that we can work out of our slumps. Not only that, Christ shows us that we can persevere through any circumstance and grow in our faith to a point where we have surrendered completely to the Holy Spirit living inside everyone of us who have been saved. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We have to remember that it is not about us, it is about Christ. And the reason we are able to work out of our slumps is because He is our hope. What is keeping you from surrendering completely? Have you tried giving it up to Christ and truly trusting him? It is worth it. He is worth it.
Tue, July 2, 2013
by Dana Jenkins