Written by Jacob Mason
Yesterday we looked at the first part of Jonah’s story his unwillingness to follow the great commission and tell all people about God’s love and how that he was stranded by running away. Today we will look at how we can strand ourselves if we have the wrong attitude.
After Jonah preached to the people of Nineveh and they repented from their sins, he did not just head back home happy he was able to reach some new believers for the Lord. Instead, he made himself and a nice little seat on a hill above the city and sat back waiting to watch it burn. Jonah was stuck, he couldn’t find it within himself to leave the place he didn’t want to be at in the first place. His anger toward God and the people of Nineveh stranded him on a pity island. Sometimes like Jonah, we strand ourselves, we sit down in our anger and wait for something bad to happen to them. That team that runs up the score, the guy who won’t shut up (most likely me), the kid who is constantly crying about something. There are thousands of things we let affect our attitude.
- Think about some people you struggle to love; how can you better reach out to them?
- What are some of your traits that strand you in self-pity like Jonah?
5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.6 Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.” 10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left”
Jonah even after all that he had seen the Lord do just wanted to sit and pout, the Lord gave him shade and took it away. Why did God do this? God is teaching Jonah and us a very important lesson that is essential to baseball camp you will hear this over the coming months, and you need to take it in and believe it. IT IS NOT ABOUT BASEBALL!!
Your attitude cannot be defined by how your baseball games go; it can’t be affected by the people you’re working with. You have to love people as God loves us because your actions matter and will be noticed. We can strand ourselves very easily in self-pity, this trip is not the trip to do so. You will have a kid who is hard to work with, you will have some disagreement with leadership. Guess what? None of that matters. We are here for one thing: to show God’s love to these people.