Be Mentally Tough! by Gene McGuire January 31, 2012
January 26, 2012
“……forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b,14)
COMMENT: To many of you, the name Warren Spahn will not ring a bell in your head. However, avid baseball fans or some “seasoned citizens” would readily recognize that name. Warren debuted in the big leagues in 1942 and ended his career in 1965. He won a total of 363 games while losing only 245, winning 11 seasons of twenty victories or more. I understand that this gentleman had a great attitude regarding his profession. He said that he started each game with the determination that he was going to pitch a no-hitter. If a batter got a hit off of him, he would concentrate on pitching a one-hitter.. . . . .and so on and so forth. Maybe we could use Mr. Spahn’s mental outlook in our daily lives. Have you ever started the day off with the firm desire to follow the Lord closely and then, lo and behold, you blundered and then your entire attitude goes downhill and you fall into a state of despair? Instead, why not “Spahnize” your mind set, repent, confess you sin and go on and live the rest of your day with the same vigor and enthusiasm you started.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Psalm 32:5 and Romans 6:4
WISE SAYING:IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY AGAIN!
POST SCRIPT 1: Today’s Thought was spawned from a 30 second radio message by Lon Solomon, Pastor of McLean Bible Church in Virginia. Pastor Solomon regularly leaves these excellent messages on a secular radio station in Northern Virginia.
POST SCRIPT 2: I must confess that I pilfered the ending of my Thought for Today from Pastor Solomon. He ends his radio messages with this: NOT A SERMON, JUST A THOUGHT. I just switched it around.