A few days ago I walked by a ball park where some youngsters—perhaps 7 or 8 years old–were practicing baseball. Their coaches had them working on running the bases. They instructed them, “Make sure you touch every base!”
My mind flashed back to a time when I was playing softball. In an effort to go from first base to third on a hit, I missed second base. I had built up such a head of steam that I decided not to break stride. I pulled into third base, hoping that no one would notice my mistake. I wasn’t that lucky! Someone on the opposing team called out, “He missed second base!” They appealed to the umpire, who promptly made the correct decision and called me out.
Sometimes we think that in order to please God, we can’t make any mistakes—that he is waiting to call us out for any little slip-up. That’s not true! While God wants us to always strive to do the right thing, it’s not perfection that he is looking for—it’s faithfulness.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”—Ephesians 2:8-9.