Off the Mat…

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up…”                                                                                          Vince Lombardi

Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life emerges! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him…                                                                                                                                                   II Corinthians 5:17-18 (The Message)

As most of my dear readers know, I am a baseball fan. In particular, I am a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. As such, I am familiar with suffering. You see, last night, the Reds found another way to lose a game in heartbreaking fashion, blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning. Now, this is not, in the grand scheme of things, a very big deal at all. But it did put me in a foul mood for a bit.

More importantly, it can be another example of how baseball can help teach us about life. Baseball is an everyday game. After a loss like that, it is important to shake off the disappointment of a heartbreaking loss and come back the next day ready to play. Last night’s loss must be put in the rear-view mirror, and attention must be focused on winning the game today.

We all face things from the past- failures, disappointments, pain, -which we cannot allow to hinder our mood and actions today. Every day is a new day which we can appropriate for good. Old sins and failures are wiped away in God’s forgiving grace and we get a fresh start.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for fresh starts and new days, Amen

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