A Thanksgiving Bowling Lesson
During our family thanksgiving, we decided to go bowling, and while bowling with my family I was reminded of an amazing truth that comes from Ecclesiastes, chapter 9, verse 11, that says in part, “…the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong…”
My sister Jannette told me that she had not bowled in many years. I am not an avid bowler but have bowled a little more than she has. As we bowled, I was surprised at my sister’s style of bowling. When she took her stance and cast the ball down the alley, she did so in a soft non-powerful way, it appeared sometimes that the ball would barely reach the pins. But it did, and with consistency. She just bowled her game consistently and to the best of her ability despite pain in her wrist.
I on the other hand, bowled with power, with many failed attempts to be accurate. I used all the skills and instincts I had in my bowling tool box, but for the most part I struggle to make consistent strikes and spares and threw to many gutter balls. But my sister kept on with her consistent game, racking up the points in both games, and gaining a little more power as we bowled. I was amazed at her quiet humble motivation as she out-scored me in both games.
I believe that the Apostle Paul, gives good witness to the fact that the race is not given to the swiftest or strongest, when he wrote in Philippians 4:12-14
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.\
What does this mean? Any pursuit, goal, passion, or purpose in living out God’s purpose for our lives and being faithful and fruitful requires us to be persistent, humble, and mindful of the fact that God wants our faithful dedication.
What is our call to action? Consider again the Apostle Paul when he wrote: in 1st Corinthians 15:58,” Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
We thank you for the way you refresh our memories of your Holy Word through your Holy Spirit.
How you give us new mercies each day and if we really listen, a call to action for that day. We thank you that regardless of the seasons of our lives and our capabilities, you will place your holy anointing on us, as we persist in that which you place on our hearts and call us to do, regardless how great or how small. We pray that the cares of this world will not stop or hinder us from our service to you.
So, whenever we become to weak in mind, body or spirit to move forward, forgive, stand up for justice and righteousness, please heal and restore us. Create in us a clean heart and renew the right spirit in us so we can press on. In Jesus name we pray Amen