We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


One Eye Open, Part 1

I remember as a child the excitement when Mickey Mantle came up to bat–“going, going, gone!”, the announcer would shout with Yankee stadium excitement. I only wish I could have heard a game when Ted Williams was up to bat. Ted was the last baseball player to hit above a .400 batting average. It is said that players like Ted Williams are born with special abilities. One pitcher said that Williams was able to see the threads on the ball and determine which direction the ball would curve.

It seems like throughout the ages that there have always been people with special abilities. Beethoven, Mozart, Angelo, da Vinci, Edison, Copernicus, and Einstein were all extremely gifted–or were they? Well, this may surprise you, but the latest research suggests that these individuals may not have been any more gifted than you or me.

If you study the life of Ted Williams, for example, you will see that he practiced swinging the bat for an inordinate amount of time. He would even walk around town with one eye closed to strengthen his eye sight. Edison was considered by his teacher and father to be retarded–after the first grade! Einstein claimed, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Mozart once said, “Nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I.” Beethoven would write as many as sixty to seventy drafts just for a single phrase. He wrote about his compositions, “I make many changes, and reject and try again, until I am satisfied. Only then do I begin the working-out in breadth, length, height and depth in my head.” Beethoven was also forced by his father as a young child to musical limits, flogged, or locked in the cellar until he learned his lessons.

None of these people had “special abilities.” They had God given talents that were cultivated by persevering practice and motivated by parents, peers, pressure, and prestige.

Each of us has been given a talent or two from the Lord. It is now up to us to give back a good return on His investment (see 2nd Chron. 32:25). The time has come for the children of light to rise and reflect their creator with the highest level of skill and creativeness, even if it takes walking around with one eye closed!

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