Is being “crafty” all that bad?

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You know it occurred to me.  I like to watch “crafty” lefthanders.  You know, like Kenny Rogers and Cliff Lee.  These are guys who don’t have the 95 mph fastball but have to rely on their knowledge and experience.  They don’t have the natural talent to overpower you so they have to be “crafty”.  They have trick pitches, usually have great control, know their opponents weaknesses and pitch to it.  What may be good in baseball may not be so good in our every day walk with God. 

 Today’s Utmost speaks of craftiness.  2 CO 4:2 states “2 We reject all shameful and underhanded methods. We do not try to trick anyone, and we do not distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know that.”  This means not resorting to something simply to make your own point. This is a terrible trap. You know that God will allow you to work in only one way— the way of truth. Then be careful never to catch people through the other way— the way of deceit. If you act deceitfully, God’s wrath will be upon you. What may be craftiness for you, may not be for others— God has called you to a higher standard.”

So this tells me to leave the craftiness to the old lefthanders.  Be sincere.  Be truthful and forthcoming.  Do not play games with people.  Be transparent.  Avoid being “clever”.  Just be yourself and don’t try to be something you are not.  Embrace your weakness and let God be your strength. 

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3 Comments »

  1. sam Said:

    I must agree with admiring crafty pitching. I think there is much skill and natural ability involved in trick pitching, using your talent to overcome a lack in pure physical strength.

    Oswald makes a great point as well, thanks for sharing this.

  2. Mrs. Big Mac Said:

    Jim – please email me your email address. lebodman@iglide.net Thanks, Lisa

  3. Russell Said:

    Mr. Crafty had better get his act together this afternoon!


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