Category: Baseball


Its been a while since I posted anything here.  And it has been very eventful.  Two different jobs that are going different directions… ;~()   People dropping little blessings into our lives.  A great church family.  And the start of baseball.  It is spring and with it comes that renewed sense of life and another chance to grow and suceed.

It is difficult to help friends when they are consumed by their own anger.  I can understand the struggle having been there a few times in my own life.  I can’t say that I handled some of those situations the right way.  But I hope that I have learned from my mistakes and sins.  And I hope that I can encouage anyone who is going through the same struggles.

If I do something wrong, then I must pay for it.  But to have to pay the consequence for someone else’s mistakes and sins; well, that stirs a greater anger deep within my soul.  And if I am not careful about this, that anger can turn on me, encouaging me to do things that are just as wrong.  Those actions can deepen the wounds that I have to experience.  But I do not always want to hear those kinds of warnings.  I need to be right.  I need to be justified.  I need to be vindicated.  When I start thinking and acting like that, I am not looking for justice, but rather vengance.

When people start seeking vengance or retribution, they stop caring about those people that are around the situation.  Some of those innocent bystanders are friends, family, co-workers… but most, if not all of them are innocents.  When innocents get hurt in this kind of a situation they are called collateral damamge.  It is sad when a good person hurts others while seeking this kind of satisfaction.  But unfortunately, it never satifies…

As far as other things in life go, we find that hope springs eternal at Easter and during this season in general.  Feeling the touch of God’s arms in a deep embrace during worship on Easter is a feeling that can carry me through the week.  Enjoying Easter afternoon at home with family is peaceful and healing.  And starting off the baseball season with a great opener at Fenway is paradise!

May you find the grace of God walking with you every step this week in all things that good and easy, as well as in every step that is difficult, dangerous and painful.

Godspeed!

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Opening Day

When does Baseball start?  Can’t be soon enough…

Fantasy Baseball

Josh and I are looking forward to some fantasy baseball this year.  If you are interested in a little fun, let me know.  I am going to set up a small league at one of the free sites (espn.com).

“take me out to the ball park…”

I am sitting in bed watching my first spring training game of the new season.  Baltimore is beating Boston at the moment – and we’ll take it whenever we can get it!  As for baseball, I welcome the return of my childhood pastime.  The other day I was reading an article about the St. Louis Cardinals and their new hitting coach, Mark McGwire.  This caught my eye because I have been a fan of McGwire since before the famed homerun race between he and Sammy Sosa.  As I read the article, it got me thinking about a common thread in the last year, a common thread in my life.

Mark McGwire has something in common with another high profile athlete – Michael Vick.  Though you might see their actions as totally different, they both have done something to break the law or rules in professional sports, as well as break the law.  Both men have gone before the public confessing and asking for forgiveness for their transgressions.  And now, both men are starting a new chapter in their lives.  Michael by re-entering the NFL and Mark by moving back into the MLB as a coach.

I have a deep personal interest in both of them (especially Michael) because I too have had to start over after making some bad choices which have hurt my family and friends, as well as ended my career.  These stories bring up an interesting concept that everyone wants to get, but few know how to give.  Ironically, watching both of their situations, I see segments of our society being very unforgiving and unwilling to give these two men the chance, the space to come back and to prove themselves as changed men, growing and giving back to their world.

There is one other person that comes to mind – he lived thousands of years ago, was a popular political figure and favored by God.  The King David of the Bible started as a lowly shepherd in his father’s livestock business.  He grew to become a fearless warrior and leader for the people of Israel.  He developed into a great king who would care for the people and govern in a righteous manner.  But then he was tempted when he least expected it.  David’s story is a fascinating one of sucess, sin, tragedy and redemption.  At the end of it, David was still known as a “man after God’s own heart”.  This came after his years as an adulterer, a murderer and a liar.

I am cheering for both Michael and Mark to suceed in life and prove to be good men, changed and better after their issues.  And I hope that people in our soceity find that spirit that gives forgiveness, help and hope for fallen people to be redeemed and restored…

… maybe there is hope for me too!  One can always hope…, I do.