OTS by Jess: Day Eight

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which you have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” -Psalms 8:3-4

Growing up, I hated exalting myself. I thought it was an ugly thing to pride yourself in anything. I was terrible at taking compliments. And while I believe that there is strength in humility, I am learning that there is strength in pride. Knowing what you are capable of doing and taking pride in the work that you do, presents strength.

In our attempts to humble ourselves, we begin to pity ourselves. The Lord does not want us to pity ourselves. After all, the creator of the heavens and the earth still chooses to turn toward us with open arms. He wants us to go boldly in the way that He has commanded us.

I believe that He is preparing me for a life that is heavily involved in the military. He is teaching me what my role is… and that is to be a source of unending love, support and strength (if I haven’t exhausted that word already).

Today was a beautiful day.

Literally, the weather was full of beauty. But I also got to take in an entire baseball game, something I haven’t done since the Rangers played the Mariners last year, and we were within spitting distance of Jim Knox.

For those of you who don’t know, I grew up on a baseball diamond. Before I could even pick up a bat, I was dangling upside down underneath the bleachers at my brother’s games. And when it was my turn to take a swing at it, I was instantly obsessed with the game. My memories from childhood through high school are filled with smells of fresh-cut grass, watered-down dirt and Bengay.

Much of what I learned on the field can be utilized in my every day life. Everyone loves swinging for the fences, but sometimes you have to play small ball. After talking to my boyfriend tonight, he reiterated the latter. This time is not going to be taken care of with one crack of the bat and a wish for the left field fence. He and I both have to take this time day by day.

This is how I will fulfill my role. And I can’t stress this enough, I and my boyfried and you, are never ever alone.

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