Years ago, there was a father that coached a team of eight-year-olds. He had a few excellent players, and some who just couldn't get the hang of the game. His team didn't win once all season. But in the last inning of the last game, his team was only down by a run. There was one boy who had never been able to hit the ball--or catch it. With two outs, it was his turn to bat. He surprised the world and got a single!
The next batter was the team slugger. Finally, his players might win a game. The slugger connected, and as the boy who hit the single ran to second, he saw the ball coming toward him. Not so certain of baseball's rules, he caught it. Final out! His team lost! Quickly, the coach told his team to cheer. The boy beamed. It never occurred to him that he lost the game. All he knew was he had hit the ball and caught it--both for the first time. His parents later thanked the coach. Their child had never even gotten in a game before that season.
They never told the boy exactly what happened. They didn't want to ruin it for him. What a great example of what is really important in life. Yes its fun to win, but sometimes it is more important to build up and encourage those around us.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
- Titus 2:11-12 (New International Version)
Dear Lord We thank you for your grace, we pray that we will share it with those we have contact with today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen