“My people were lost sheep; their shepherds led them astray, guiding them the wrong way in the mountains.” -- Jeremiah 50:6a


Yogi Berra was a Hall of Fame baseball player with a wit worthy of the Hall of Fame, too. He had a gift for saying the smartest things in the funniest ways.

Though he played on 10 world championship teams and won the American MVP Award three times, Yogi was best known and beloved for his Yogi-isms. He had a knack for saying something that made no sense; yet, with a little perspective, it made perfect sense.

Once, while traveling to Cooperstown, N.Y., for his 1972 induction into the MLB Hall of Fame, Yogi got lost, and his wife, Carmen, was giving him a hard time. As only Yogi could, he gave it right back saying, “We’re lost, but we’re making good time!” (Berra, 1998).

Honestly, Yogi’s wisdom could also apply to our spiritual lives. As competitors, how often have we let our to-do lists take priority over family time? The truth is this: we will never finish everything that needs to be done! I have seen many competitors who were “making great time” in their careers but were totally lost to their families.

Like sheep, we can lose our way. Jeremiah reminds us how easy it is to follow poor shepherds, chase foolish idols, and lose the things that matter the most. Be careful. Stay focused. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

  • Are your priorities what they should be in your life and as you compete?
  • If not, what can you do to revise them?

“Father, keep me from losing myself in the things that don’t matter. Give me the wisdom to seek Your guidance in all that I do. Amen.”