Batter Up!

BATTER UP! Those are the words you hear when a game is about to begin and the baseball player is up at bat. When the batter hears those words, he’s not questioning his skills, wondering whether he will hit the ball, or even listening to the crowds. He is ready. He has prepared most of his life for this moment, and whether he succeeds or fails…he’s prepared.

I have often heard people say that they were “lucky” to get a job, or “lucky” that a particular door opened to them. Luck is being prepared when a door opens and having the courage to walk through it. Luck has nothing to do with it. Lucille Ball, the great comedienne and actress, was quoted as saying “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” In the game of life, when the umpire calls batter up will you be prepared or will you freeze and not step up to the plate?

Athletes, actors, doctors, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who is successful will tell you that they spent many years studying and preparing. While a ball-players friends were out having fun, he was practicing. He spent his life making that 3-point shot look easy. So, when there is 1 second left on the clock, he wants the ball and is ready for it. While a young entrepreneurs friends were spending all their money on clothes and shoes, she was saving her money to build her business. When the opportunity presented itself for her to start her business…she was ready. She had the capital that she needed and walked through the door.

When the opportunity presents itself, you don’t have time to prepare. The time to prepare is right now. The time to start reading is now. The time is now. Turn off the television, get off the computer/internet/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest – and whatever else is a time waster for you and begin to prepare for what you want in your life. Refuse to allow opportunities to pass you by because you’re not prepared; some of them may not come around again.

Make a list of what you want to accomplish. Make a list of “how” you’re going to accomplish those goals…then DO IT!

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. – Ephesians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)

Love you to life!

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