How to Make a Good Call

I enjoy watching Major League Baseball this time of the year and throughout the summer every year. MLB has not changed much over time but there is one new development in recent years. The umpires will make a judgment call on the field and now some of these rulings can be challenged. For instance, a base runner may come sliding into second base and the official call him out. The manager of the base runner’s team may challenge the ruling and, at this point, the umpire will go to the side near one of the dugouts where he will receive a head-set and wait for the ruling from a higher source. Someone in a studio faraway is watching several camera angles of the same play and, at times, the official will overturn the call on the field. In this case, based on clear and indisputable video evidence, he may rule that the runner is safe. 

So what happened to cause him to change the call? Well, the ruling was overturned because the official saw the play from different angles in video review and knew that an incorrect call had been made. The umpire on the field may have tried to make the best call he could at the time, but his perspective was limited, maybe because of a bad angle, and therefore the call was incorrect.  

We sometimes do the same thing in life. We make calls that seem correct at the time but they might prove incorrect in time. It could be that our perspective is limited or our judgment is flawed. It could be simply that we lack understanding of a situation.  

Here’s the thing: Only God sees things as they truly are. That is why we must learn to look to Him daily to gain a proper perspective on the things of life and the judgment calls that we must make in life. We must learn to humbly “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). 

 So don’t be afraid to check with a higher source in the big decisions of life. God promises: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8). Doesn’t that seem like a prudent idea? Oh, and by the way, God doesn’t need a replay or a better camera angle, He just needs us to trust Him. And that’s always a good call! 

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron


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