If you turn on ESPN about now, you’ll be able to see the Little League world series take place. I talked about this, some, in my last blog I think my favorite thing is laughing at the kids who mimic their favorite baseball player in the way they stand at the plate, or the way they wind up to pitch. You’ll see kids who are wearing all the equipment at the plate, while batting, that protects you from a 100mph pitch, yet they are only seeing 50mph pitches thrown at them. They do this because their favorite player wears the same thing on TV. It’s a shame that some of these pro athletes live the way they live, yet have little kids all over the world who admire them and pattern everything they do after them. Makes you really appreciate those who strive, as much as possible, to be good examples. The Josh Hamilton’s, Philip Humber’s, David Murphy’s, Albert Pujols’. Those guys are who I hope are still playing the game when my son gets old enough to play. One thing you notice about all MLB batters, is that they do have different stances or way they hold the bat at the plate.
Yet, at the moment they all start to swing, there hands almost always come to the same position. So, it’s all in the style and look you are trying to achieve, I think. Whatever stance makes you think you can hit the ball better, then do it! But, again, if you’re hands don’t, inevitably, end up in the right place before you swing, you won’t hit the ball. I think sometimes we as the church get caught up in that same thing. (What? Am I really connecting this analogy with church? Uh, yes I am) I feel like we can often get caught up in the style of music, the dress code, the level of charismatic-ness (not a word), or even the types of people that attend the service. When it comes down to it, none of that really matters if our hearts never end up in the right place. If we’re merely just trying to put on a front and show how our personal “stance” is the right way to worship, or how our stance is the new cool thing to do, we’re missing the ball altogether. Am I saying that it is wrong to raise your hands, or to only like to hear hymns or praise and worship music? Not at all. But, in the end, if your heart fails to get in the right position, none of those things matter anyway.