Monday, July 21, 2014

Guts, glory, & God's ways win!

This week's message is wisdom rich with life lessons from a baseball field.  "God will often move you to change by moving you through change." ~ Craig Groeschel.

I'm empowered by the truth used in this weeks flick At the Movies with "42". The true-life-story hits a home run with Jackie Robinson, from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.  

The Dodger's owner was burdened by the injustice separating players in the sport, and over the years, had robbed him of his love of baseball.  Robinson was hired because of his talents he brings to the team.  In the ninth inning, racial injustice makes a heavy hit in Robinson's life, and like our Savior, Robinson "has to have the guts to turn the other cheek."  

Robinson does just that.  He's hit in his emotional gut as he responds with godly guts. Encouragement spoken from the owner, brought courage and bravery into Robinson's spirit thus bringing change to speak bravery into the legacy of many others.  Now Robinson's courage is modeled by the number "42" in the Baseball Hall of Fame and on many baseball fields.  

Robinson's courageous battle against an injustice speaks volumes in my life.  It takes bigger courage to stand up for what you believe in, rather than what is popular.

"What is impossible for men, is possible with God."  Luke 18:27.  Jesus speaks truth into the lives of the disciples by saying He is the way of Life, and has the power to change people by the authority given to him by God, the Father.
Our vision reminds us the difference we want to make.  

We win when we join God in what He is already doing in the lives of others, and find strength in numbers when we are aligned with His truth.  I am compelled to make a difference by doing what God has put before me.  Vision is hard to focus on, it leaks, and we lose sight of the goal set before us, modeled by Jesus' life.  The rewards are worth it.  However the suffering comes, or whatever hits to the gut that life brings, if we are making a difference,  for the sake of knowing God and spreading the message of Christ.  

The guts and obedience well-played in Jackie Robinson's life is a base hitter and it inspires me to embrace what God has put before us all as kingdom builders to reach everyone with the message of Christ and letting nothing hinder or hold us back from sharing the change that God has made in us.  When God's holy, true change is at work in us, we will be change for someone else.    

"A life is not important except for the impact that it would have on others." ~ Jackie Robinson

Guts for God's glory in God's way win!

God won’t call you to do a team job all by yourself. He will call others at the same time to assist you. When you say yes to the will of God — bringing all your time, money, talents, and tenacity to the Lord — you will discover that other hitters will be right there by your side to help you with the task.  It's a win, win!
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