Swings . . . Misses . . . Strike!

 Oh, it’s that time of year!  Sports of various sorts can be found any time of day or night depending on your television reception.  My television reception is pretty good . . . I’m working on my God reception.  Baseball, now there’s something to consider just now.  Think about it . . . as the title to this article reminds us, we swing, we miss, we strike – three times and we’re out.  Wow.  Glad I’m on God’s team and not the baseball team because the rules are pretty strict, I’ll grant  you, but they are so reflective of His love for us.  How fortunate are we that we’re not out after three strikes!  He’s always willing to forgive and when He does – our sin is GONE.  There is no “remember back when you did . . . “ In baseball, on the other hand, there’s always “gosh, remember that game back in ’98 when he left three men on base because he struck out?”  We can’t strike out and lose God’s love for us.  We can always repent and change our path to the right one.  We can join the Kingdom team.  We can change our life with His grace. 

 That’s what I’m doing.  I’ve done the sensible things the world encourages and it doesn’t satisfy me.  It provided shiny toys and jingly coins in my pocket, but oddly those things aren’t at the top of my list anymore and so there are many who say I’m crazy.  I’m following the path that was made by God through His son who became flesh and died so that I might live.  He even gave us His Holy Spirit so that when we drop the ball, we have a coach who loves us right there to help us change that play!  So, in seeking a “new” team, I’ve thought of what I want to do.  I picked up a book today at a church thrift shop.  I paid 2.00 for it.  It sums up what I want to do with my life and who’s team I want to be on, and it’s got a star player that I truly want to model in my own life. 

 The book was published in 1944 and when my mother was a small child, thus long before I was dreamed of.  It’s all about that star player, my hero.  The author is Mary Alice Jones and the book is called “Tell Me About Jesus.”  Sure enough, that’s what I want to do; I want to tell folks about Jesus.  I want them to join the Kingdom team and if they get to know Him, I’m sure they’ll want to be on it because they’ll just LOVE Him!  Ms Jones wrote several small stories in this book and each one is for me a list of plays that the Kingdom team needs to focus on.  He’s the star and we need to model our lives and our plays after His.  Surely you will agree when I share some of them:

  •  Jesus loves children
  • Jesus goes about doing good
  • Jesus is glad
  • Jesus helps people
  • Jesus is brave
  • Jesus trusts God
  • Jesus helps people to be good
  • Jesus asks God to help unfriendly people
  • Jesus prays to God

 So, that’s what my new life is going to be all about.  I’m not that good at it yet, but He’ll coach me.  I’m not sure what position I’ll hold on His team, but He’ll lead me and show me.  I may not be the one who hits the home runs.  I may be the one who brings them water to drink.  It doesn’t matter.  We’re a team and all the members of the team work together and we all need to do our best at the position our Lord chooses for us.  I’m on a winning team.  Come play with me!  You won’t strike out!   You have His promise!

2 Responses to Swings . . . Misses . . . Strike!

  1. Alan MacKillop says:

    Martha, this is a wonderful and inspired article using baseball as a medium for describing the contrast with God’s ever forgiving love and the world of “three strikes and your are out.” Many people go to prison for long sentences because that phrase is used to justify, even when the crime is minor, that with three strikes you’ve had it. Thanks, Alan

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    • Thank you so much, Alan! Where would any of us be without His amazing love that is far beyond our ability to comprehend! But along with that is the absolute fact tbat alone we are weak but together both with our sisters and brothers in Christ AND with the Holy Spirit to guide and guard us, WE BECOME HIS BODY IN THIS WORLD!!!!

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