Overnight Success? Hardly!
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:10-11
So many of us see successful people just seem to appear and we assume it was an overnight success story. There is no such thing as an overnight success story. In fact, overnight success stories are usually months or years in the making.
Take, for example, your average Major League Baseball player. First, this player has to begin playing baseball. Then, they must hone their skills in amateur baseball before even having the opportunity to play professional baseball. This is, in loose estimation, a 10-12 year process. Then, the player has to be drafted or signed and make it through the minor league ranks before getting their chance at the big leagues (if they even do). This process takes, on average, another 4-5 years and in some cases it can take 7-10 years. So in all, your Major League Baseball player you watch on TV has actually been training for these moments and working towards that level for two or more decades.
When we become Christians, we aren’t perfect immediately. Life doesn’t just become easy and we don’t become “overnight success stories.” The process of becoming like Christ takes a lifetime! Perfection is attained once we arrive in heaven, and sanctification is the process of becoming more like Christ daily over the course of our lives. We do this by having quiet time, prayer, reading the Bible, and seeking Him every single day. This is discipline just like an athlete needs discipline to become their best.
Overnight success stories are years in the making just like the process of becoming like Christ isn’t complete the second you become a Christian. Don’t buy the lie that following Christ makes your life easy and trouble free. Embrace the discipline and accept the path He lays out for you as he helps you become more like Him every day.
Michael Schlact is the Field Manager/Player Personnel for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Professional Baseball team. He was a 2004 3rd round MLB draft pick by the Texas Rangers & has been in professional baseball 13+ years. A native of Marietta, Ga., Michael has a wife, Jillian, & son, Sawyer. The couple is expecting another son in March.
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