Our Best Days Are Ahead
The greatest moment in my athletic career came during a playoff baseball game. It was the bottom of the 9th inning, my team was down by two runs, we had two players on base, and I was up to bat. There were two outs: my coach whispered in my ear to swing for the fences, and then he sent me up to the plate.
I’ll never forget that moment. I was nervous and remember thinking, I hope I don’t screw this up. I swung at the very first pitch and hit it as hard as I possibly could. The ball went screaming into the outfield and flew right over the Centerfielder’s head. I remember running as fast and as hard as I had ever run before. The crowd was going wild, and when I rounded third base and touched home plate, my teammates were there waiting to greet me. We had won the game! That was without a doubt the peak of my athletic career.
Did I mention that event happened when I was in the fourth grade? Yeah, I’d say I peaked early.
Some days I wonder if my life and calling are like my baseball career…I wonder if my best days are behind me. I know those thoughts are lies from the evil one, yet I am also pretty sure I’m not alone in hearing those voices. I know lots of people who talk like their best days are behind them. The process the Heavenly Father takes us through to make us into who He wants us to be often feels impossible, like we will never be good or whole again.
Every day you and I must remind ourselves that the Heavenly Father didn’t bring us this far just to ditch us.
I think that’s what the Apostle Paul is talking about when he says:
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:18
We are being made into something glorious!
If you ever feel like your best days are behind you, they’re not. If you are seeking Jesus, then you can be certain your best days are ahead, as the Heavenly Father transforms you into all He knows you can be.
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18