Call It

In baseball there is an umpire who stands behind the catcher whose job is to call balls and strikes. When the pitcher throws the ball to the catcher, it’s under the umpire’s discretion whether or not the pitch is determined a ball or strike.

With the advancements in technology, they have computer programs, one of the most popular being called K-Zone, that can determine whether a pitch is a ball or a strike. For the majority of the time, K-Zone agrees with the umpires call on the field. But in certain instances what the umpire calls and what K-Zone says differentiate from each other.

Now I’ve played, coached, and watched the game of baseball for over 25 years and I haven’t one time seen an instance where the umpire’s call, ball or strike, was overturned. Many players, coaches, and fans have argued with the umpire, K-Zone has even disagreed with the umpire’s call, but whatever the umpire says stands. In fact the quickest way to get yourself ejected from the game is to argue balls and strikes with the umpire. So no matter what anyone else says or no matter what other opinions are out there, the only call or opinion that matters is what the umpire determines.

Paul tells us God gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist (See Romans 4:17). In other words, whatever God calls something that is what it is. Whatever God says goes. No “ifs,” “ands,” or “buts” about it. Just like the only call that matters in baseball, when it comes to balls and strikes, is the umpire’s call. The only call that matters in life is God’s call.

The world may call you weak, but God calls you strong. They may call you sick, but God calls you healed. The world may call you overcome, but God calls you an overcomer. They may call your marriage hopeless, but God calls it redeemed. The world may call your children a burden, but God calls them a blessing. They may call you a sinner, but God calls you forgiven.

Instead of calling it a burden, call it a blessing. Instead of calling it hopeless, call it redeemed. Instead of calling it sick, call it healed. Instead of calling it a failure, call it a breakthrough. Instead of calling it a challenge, call it an opportunity. Stop calling it as the world sees it and start calling it as God sees it. Because in the end, God’s decision determines your destiny. Don’t call it as you see it, but call it as He sees it.

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