“Destined for Greatness”

Just the other day, early in the morning, as I woke up and was doing my personal devotion, my wife Joanne came up to our bedroom and gave me the shocking news that Manny Ramirez, the very talented and famous baseball player was retiring from baseball. I could not believe what she was telling me, it could not be. Manny retiring?  After all, Manny is one of the best baseball players in Major League Baseball, with some of the greatest statistics among the active players. Since it was so strange, I did not take Joanne’s word for it and quickly checked the news online, and this is what I found:

“The slumping Tampa Bay Rays slugger tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug during spring training, sources told ESPN.com, and informed Major League Baseball that he would retire rather than face a 100-game suspension.

“I’m at ease,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com via phone from his home in Miami. “God knows what’s best [for me]. I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man.” (ESPN Sports online)

As I read Manny’s comment, “God knows what’s best for me” I felt sad, very sad. Yes, God knows what is best, but I could not help to think that God never intended for this to happen to Manny. That was not God’s plan. I would love to be able to reach out to Manny and tell him that God had and still has a better plan for his life. Perhaps, I cannot reach him today, but I can reach you through this devotional blog. God has impressed me to make it very clear to you: God created you for a life full of joy, fulfillment, health, a successful career, a happy home, God created you to have a great sex life, to be an extraordinary parent, a talented professional, to have a close relationship with you, God created you to live an abundant life. You are destined for the Hall of Fame.

Believe and claim this promise in your life today:

“Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalm 37: 3,4)

I cannot emphasize it enough, God did not bring you into existence so you would fail. He created you for greatness and you can begin the journey today, if you have not yet started. Trust Him and do your part, you will be surprised to see that when you do the ordinary, God will add the EXTRA, making your life extraordinary.

Manny was not meant to quit, neither are you meant to quit today. Manny was meant for Baseball’s Hall of Fame, and so are you, you are destined for greatness

Prayer: My God, on this day I pray you will draw close to Manny and to anyone who is thinking of quitting the awesome life and plans that You have in store for them. Thank you for creating us for greatness. Help me to trust You and do my part, always with the confidence that you will take my ordinary best and make it Extraordinary. I love you! AMEN.