Living Out of the Sweet Spots of Life

In baseball, there’s a certain area on the bat called a “sweet spot.” If you hit the ball on that “sweet spot,” it has optimum flight and trajectory, the optimum impact. It takes a lot less effort but it will have the best results. You hit it correctly and that ball will sail exactly to where you want it.

Wouldn’t it to be nice to check your life and see whether you’re hitting the sweet spot?

Here are three great ways to check and see if we’re hitting off of the sweet spots of our lives. One of the very first things you’ll notice when you’re missing the sweet spot is that you’re doing more and more with less and less heart. When that happens, correct back to heart.

  1. Correct Back to Heart

“He called His disciples to Him and said, ‘I assure you, this poor widow has given more than all the others have given. For they gave a tiny part f their surplus, but she, poor as she is, have given everything she has’” (Mark 12:43-44).

Jesus wasn’t really talking about money. He was talking about something behind the money — the action. It’s what precedes the action — what motivates and mobilizes it.

In the public’s eyes, this woman gave far less. It wasn’t as much — as glittery, as talented, as skillful, as sharp or as excellent. But God attributed a greater value to what this woman gave, to what she did. Why? Because she gave with all of her heart. 

Sometimes, in the everyday rigmarole of life, the complexities overtake the necessities. It’s like the increasing overgrowth of a neglected garden. Then we become caretakers of the overgrowth. It’s time to correct back to heart, back to the sweet spot of life.

  1. Correct Back to the Peace of Christ

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful” (Col. 3:15).

Correct back to the peace of God. Let His peace call the plays and make the judgments about the circumstances of your life!

One of the areas of your soul that is the most sensitive to the peace of God is your conscience. Your conscience can tell when that peace is absent or present. They work hand in hand.

“But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Tim. 1:5).

Remember these corrective measures: a pure heart is where you correct back to heart and you lead heart first; a good conscience is to help you make sure that in everything you do, you have the peace of God; and a sincere faith is one that stands the hot tests of relationships. This leads us into our final point:

  1. Correct Back to Healthy Relationships

Sometimes our faith has cracks but we still want to look good to others, so we buff ourselves and cover up.

Yet the test of our faith—the firing of how sincere we are—will come through relationships. Whether it’s at home, with a friend or a foe, on the highway or somewhere else, relationships will be tested. And that’s where the Lord says, “Correct back to healthy relationships.”

Our faith is tested and revealed in the hot oven of relationships. So we must correct back to clean and pure relationships:

“If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering” (Matt. 5:23-24).

God tells us that having right relationships is more critical than just going to church. Work hard at keeping good relationships. Don’t wait until they’re destroyed.

If a relationship breaks down with your spouse, your child or whoever it might be, make sure you get it right now. Really work hard at it. If you tolerate bad relationships, you will expand more effort and get less done.

Here’s one of the greatest gifts you can ever give: the gift of a clean slate. Learn to let the offenses and old hurts go. It’s the greatest gift you can give away — to the offender but more so for yourself.

We must correct correctly, not incorrectly. Correct back to the sweet spot of your life by making sure your heart is correct. Is your heart leading first in everything that you do? Then return to heart. Correct to the peace of God. Correct back to healthy relationships, because the greatest gift you can give is the gift of a clean slate. When you start leading and living heart first and correcting back to that, it’ll be one of the best seasons you’ll ever have.

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