- Right now we are in the buildup to the College World Series of baseball. I usually catch up with the sport around this time because the stations begin regularly covering the games. It is always more exciting when local teams are in the regionals like they are this year.
- Just last night one of the teams I have been keeping my eyes on was edged out forcing them into an elimination game. The other team I am really watching had an okay season, but has been playing better ball now than they did this year.
- As I have been following along with the regionals this weekend, I have been thinking that baseball is a game that can teach us many lessons about faith.
- Baseball calls for the long view. It is a long game. It cannot be won in an inning. A team that peaks too early will almost certainly lose. God also wants us to have the long view since eternity is in the balance.
- Baseball is a game that humbles players. Watch the pitcher for a few minutes and notice that even the best have a bad throw or two. Swing after swing; strike after strike reminds the batter about humility. Even a great hit can easily be caught by a good outfielder. God also wants humble people, so he plants both subtle and obvious reminders that we are not perfect in life.
- Baseball is a game for generous players. Everyone might want to hit a home run, but a bunt or even a low, rolling base hit is often required to make sure that even the best teams can get a rally going. God wants us to be generous as well, giving our lives away to others like Jesus did.
- Baseball is also a game of fundamentals. It is a game of pitch and catch; swing and hit; tagging every base. The most fundamental aspect of our faith is a day by day personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- In years past I often made fun of baseball saying things like
- “I would really like baseball if it were only to last four innings.”
- “There’s a reason we call it America’s pastime. It is a game where you’re free to look for something else to pass the time.”
- Or “I like baseball movies more than I like baseball games.”
- But lately I have begun to wonder, if my former dislike of baseball has more to do with how it reminds me of my life rather than helps me escape from it. The more I watch baseball now, the more I find that I not only like it, but it reminds me of how I want to live out my faith.
- As we close our Samson series today, I hope that this look at his life has been for you like watching baseball has been for me this year.
- While it may not have been your first choice of characters to look at, I hope and pray that it has reminded you how to have a resilient faith.
- As we look at this last passage where Samson is mentioned today in Hebrews 11, I pray that you will know how to Finish Strong: Demonstrating a Resilient Faith.