30 warriors stand in my way as I stare down the lane on the verge of perfection. My weapon of choice is 15 pounds of composite urethane with a nasty hook at the end. Now of course I am talking about bowling. I took up this sport about 3 years ago and I started off with a 125 average, which was the lowest in the house. I progressively got better and learned a lot along the way. I learned about bowling etiquette, where to stand, how to hold the ball and how to release it properly. I now have a 193 average with a multiple 600 series (three games combined total score). Once I hit the milestone of 600, I wanted the next benchmark a 700 series or a 300 game. On this fateful night it seemed I would conquer both. 

So here I am 9 strikes in a row and 3 more to go. It’s the start of the 10th frame and my 15 pound composite urethane weapon, with a nasty hook at the end, is in my hand and those 30 warriors await to thwart my perfection. My heart is racing, my breathing is deeper and slow as I try to battle my thoughts. I try not to show my nerves. I stand poised and confident. Then, out of the corner of my eye, a man walks down the alley 2 lanes away to fix the machine. My mind tells me to sit down and restart but my pride says no “I GOT THIS.” So I went……………….. 

PROVERBS 4:25-27  25 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

I lost focus, my eyes were not straight ahead. I was distracted. I had allowed something to grab my attention. Instead of recalibrating, restarting and refocusing, I went foolishly forward.

I wish I could tell you that I got lucky and threw a strike but……… I didn’t. I barely even knocked any pins down and I didn’t pick up the spare. I ended up with a 266 (my highest game ever) and I did still squeak out a 701. 

There are times in our lives when the world and all its shininess grabs our attention. I don’t think there is an aspect of life where the world isn’t trying to capture our focus. But instead of going foolishly forward, daily focus on Jesus, focus on the call that GOD has put on your life no matter what it is. Keep your eyes straight ahead and keep your gaze directly in front of you. Do not worry about tomorrow or things that are out of your control. Keep your feet steadfast on the path of doing the will of GOD for your life.


Pastor Tony