Life is full of curve-balls, not to mention the sliders, sinkers, fastballs and off-speed pitches. Every now-and-then we get a nice slow one down the middle. While we’re not sure what’s coming at us next, we really shouldn’t be surprised; the past is full of change-up pitches. This year has been hard, but so have all the rest of the years. Next year will also be hard―life is hard―but life is also very good. Jesus loves us and takes care of us. That is what He’s teaching us as He sends the pitches our way. They’re all designed to make us better players. Focus on today’s pitches and “consider it all joy,” because these things are perfecting us (James 1:2-4). Let’s not get ahead of the game. Jesus tells us: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matt.6:34).