Monday, July 5, 2010

Hey, Batter, Batter … Swing!

As I was skimming the sports page this morning I noticed that the 2010 All-Star teams have been announced. For some reason that brought to mind one of my favorite baseball stories. It’s been around awhile—seems like someone even made a country song out of it a few years ago.

A little boy is by himself in the front yard with a ball and a bat. He announces to no one in particular, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” He tosses the ball in the air, takes a big swing and misses. So he picks up the ball, announces a second time, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” tosses the ball in the air, swings and misses again. Not deterred by his failure, he goes through the process one more time: “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” He tosses the ball up, takes a wicked cut, and misses the ball by a mile.

He stands there for a second, picks up the ball, and announces with the widest grin, “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world.”

God has given each of us a gift, a strength—pitching, hitting, building, writing, teaching, caring, cleaning, serving, lots of gifts—and God has given you at least one. Are you using it to benefit others? Are you using it for His glory? That’s where the bat meets the ball. That’s where the joy is. The Bible says, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might" (Eccl. 9:10). Let me encourage you in this All-Star season to find your gift and hit it out of the park.

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