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August 4 – Baseball Season – 2 Months Left

1 Corinthians 9:24

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

OK – lots of posts on this blog are about significant theological issues. We have written about the United Methodist Church’s policies and doctrines. We have talk about church drama and operation. We have written about grace – peace – assurance – salvation – sin – Jesus – conviction – repentance – and more.

Today I want to focus just a few thoughts on this baseball season. As today’s passage suggests – athletes will strive to achieve the victory in their sport. In order to do so – they must practice – workout – and strive every day for their goal.

Recently I met two coaches from the Orioles and had a chance to talk with them about this season. The team will not give up and they have most recently (not counting last night because this was written before the game) won 5 straight and gotten within 3 games of the playoffs and 5 games from the division lead.

The two local teams for us in Maryland – the Nationals (who all but have their division wrapped up) and the Orioles – are use to winning lately. They have start athletes and are both aiming at the playoffs in October.

How’s your team doing? Who is your favorite current player? Name a current pitcher and a position player you would like to meet (or have met)?

My favorite current position player is Chris Davis – he plays 1st base for the Orioles. A young player – Jonathan Schoop is coming on strong in my favorites and a rookie – Trey Mancini – is also starting to rise. My favorite pitcher is Dylan Bundy – a young starter for the Birds. A close second is Zach Britton – our closer.

Let’s look at today’s passage in partial context. 1 Corinthians 9:24–27 – 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Some teams in history – in various sports – have lost in order to get a better draft position. Some of traded away their good players – hopefully to get back young players who will make them better in the future. Some – like the Orioles this year – stay the course and strive to win now – to go for the prize and be the best they can be now.

Does this say anything about our faith? Are we trying to be the best we can be for Jesus – now?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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