By Russell Vannozzi
The smallest issues in life can be the ones that prove to be most frustrating. People are often so caught up in the moment that they lose sight of the bigger picture. Learning to let the little things go can be a productive step in achieving true happiness.
R.A. Dickey, a Nashville native and graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, knows this all too well. Dickey was once a journeyman professional baseball player, hanging on to his career by a thread. It appeared as though his days in baseball were numbered after giving up seven runs in just three innings pitched with the Texas Rangers in 2006.
However, Dickey had a breakthrough in 2007. The knuckleballer was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers and assigned to the Nashville Sounds. While on a road trip with the Sounds, he nearly drowned while trying to cross the Missouri River.
From that point forward, Dickey relied on his faith for strength and stopped sweating the “small stuff.” He let his pitches fly with confidence captured the full potential of his talent. The University of Tennessee alum has gone on to pitch over a decade in the major leagues and has pocketed over $50 million dollars.
In his autobiography, Wherever I Wind Up, Dickey described a paradox of baseball: the harder one tries, the less chance one has for success. He cited Chinese philosopher Laz Tzu, who had this to say:
“By letting it go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.”
This is not to say that giving maximum effort is wrong, but rather that certain situations are out of our control. We must take a step back and remember that God is in control when our personal efforts inevitably fail.
Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
By giving all his effort to the task at hand, Dickey tossed aside his personal issues that were holding him back. If we can learn to let the little things go, we can start to achieve our true potential, too.
Is there something in your life that is currently holding you back from thriving?
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