The pitcher winds up, takes his best throw and the ball propels with a high speed straight down the line right at the batter. The batter securely planted is ready and connects with the racing ball, WHAM, you hear it hit and see it fly through the air. It sounds like a home run, yet it flies directly down centerfield in the exact direction of the pitcher. He reacts fast with his glove quickly moving up right in front of his face. He catches it with a loud THUD and a jump back from the force of the impact of the fast speeding ball.
Did you hear it and feel it in your mind? My eyes wanted to flinch when I realized the ball was flying straightforward back to the pitcher.
This picture of the ball coming directly at the pitcher can represent a picture of the spirit of offense coming right at us. When we have others hit something back at us we have a choice. We can let it hit us and be offended or we can put up our glove and stop the offense.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve done both; one hurts like crazy and the other, even though it gives you a jolt, it stops the impact so it doesn’t penetrate as much.
Just like a pitcher, it takes many hours of practice to be confident in looking a direct flying ball square in the eye, waiting for it to hit the sweet spot of the glove.
Same with us, we need time of practicing how to notice offense and how to stop it from penetrating deep within us.
Use these 3 steps to stop offense:
- Recognize offense.
- Put a shield of God’s Word of protection around us.
3. Stop the impact of others words by our own positive self-talk.
Be encourage today to use a visual tool like this to stop the next fast ball of offense.