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  • Writer's pictureErin E. McEndree

Plan for Curveballs

This season is not what you planned. Instead of Valentine's parties, Spring Break vacation, Easter celebrations, end-of-the-year parties and graduations you are being a teacher, staying home, sterilizing more, decluttering, cooking for an army (it feels like), being a detective for hard to find items and being creative with the new normal.

You could have never saw this coming. You could have never planned for this… Or could you have?

Life will throw curveballs often, but even a baseball player plans ahead at his response when one comes his way at 95 mph. He has knowledge of the curve which makes him adjust and better be able to handle it and respond appropriately.

What knowledge do you have to help you better adjust to curveballs in life? For example, I read everything. I read about different religions, mental illness, homosexual mindset, witches, the end times, and transgender issues. I can do this because I have a solid foundation in Christ that cannot be shaken. Because I have knowledge of a plethora of issues humans deal with, I have more love and compassion for the homosexuals in the classes I teach at work, more understanding for the mentally ill lady with multiple personalities (I love her), I was able to have an intelligent conversation with a man who used to be a Wiccan and I can show genuine love and caring for my daughter's friends who are gender confused.

My knowledge has prepared me to respond in a manner worthy of Christ and his similar response to the woman at the well, the men who spit in his face, Judas who betrayed him, the religious who turned on him, the lepers put out of the city and Matthew the dishonest tax collector.

So, has your knowledge prepared you for this epic shut down? If your knowledge focuses on how to be secure in this world, save money, have a car, keep the bad out and how to hold onto these temporary things, life will throw you a curveball when a death, a job loss, a virus or even a homeless man asking for money takes you off guard.

Knowledge of God‘s word and promises will never leave you shaken, disappointed, or unsettled if you put your trust in it. His word is joy, love and peace.

So what does your knowledge prepare you for? Is your knowledge rooted in temporal, worldly possessions that are easily eliminated OR eternal, heavenly knowledge that can not be shaken?

Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

Romans 8:35 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?... No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."

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