• Josh Carmody

Swing And A Miss


"I got it! I got it!" I shouted.

The score was 10 to 14. My partner and I were losing. We had been playing a match of doubles racquetball, and the ball was heading my way.

The game was on the line, and it was up to me to keep it alive! The ball hit the ground in front of me and started sailing over my head. My racquet went up in the air to deliver a crushing blow. My racquet moved forward with power and determination.

Swing and a miss.

Laughter ensued. Game over. A crushing defeat.

"Swing and a miss" is defined as a sincere but unsuccessful attempt. I attempted to hit the ball, but the attempt was not successful. It was pathetic. As I drove home, I began to think about my life in general. How many times had I "swung and missed" in life?

As a pastor, it can be easy to think that my most recent sermon was a swing and a miss. As a husband, listening to my wife but instantly forgetting what she said to me is a swing and a miss (this happens more often than I would like to admit). As a father, spending time with my kids only to get annoyed and upset with their bickering is a swing and a miss.

I could go on. No seriously, I have more examples. But what can I do about all of these misses? Well, that's easy.

Swing again. Take another swing next time and try not to miss!

When it's time to get back into that racquetball court you better believe that I'm going to keep on swinging! And as a pastor, father, husband, friend, and co-worker I will keep on swinging!

Have you had a "swing and a miss" moment recently? Put it behind you and swing again.

Until Monday, Josh


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I work at New Covenant Christian Church in Fort Dodge, IA. Everything here, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of New Covenant Christian Church.