J.M. Boice told an amusing story about Yogi Berra, the well-known catcher for the New York Yankees in the 1950’s. During a game, Hank Aaron came up to the plate to bat. Yogi Berra began his usual chattering and tried to distract Aaron. Yogi said to him, “Henry, you’re holding the bat wrong. You’re supposed to hold it so you can read the trademark.” Aaron didn’t say anything in return. When the next pitch came, he smashed it into the left-field bleachers. After rounding the bases and stepping back on home plate, Aaron looked at Yogi Berra and said, “I didn’t come up here to read” (Nehemiah: Learning to Lead, p. 38).
In this life, distractions are frequent. But a question we must all ask ourselves is, “What are we here for?” It is so easy to get distracted with money, sports, etc. We hear so much chatter from friends, TV, music, and magazines that we forget about God and focus on trivial aspects. We must constantly remind ourselves that we aren’t here for these reasons. We aren’t here for sports. We aren’t here to make money. We are here to serve the Lord (Matthew 6:24; Galatians 1:10; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15).
Despite all of the chatter and distractions of the world, may we always choose, remember, and live the words of Joshua 24:15, “…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”