Those words blared from a loud speaker yesterday as I sat at a baseball game with some of my family.
Those words were immediately followed by ACTION! The players ran onto the field ready to play the game. The umpires were in position and the fans rose to their feet in applause!
To “PLAY BALL” is to begin or continue something.
To “PLAY BALL” is to start or continue an action.
To “PLAY BALL” is to work together; to cooperate; to achieve a desired purpose.
When I heard those words ring loudly through the baseball stadium, a chill of excitement ran through me! Something was about to begin. Players who had put time and effort, heart and soul into practicing and perfecting their skills were ready to compete. The players, as well as the spectators, did not know the outcome, but they were ready to “PLAY BALL!”
The game was exciting! One of the best I have been to in ages! The first inning opened with four runs scored. The other team answered back scoring three runs. Back and forth, back and forth, each team continued scoring. The game ended up in extra innings. It was well played by both teams. But as we all know, in the game of baseball, only one team can win.
As Christians, that is not true for us! Our victory was won at the cross. Our Savior died once for all, our victory is secure. WE WIN and our enemy loses!
As I drove home from that game and the words “PLAY BALL” continued ringing in my ears, I began thinking, “Am I ready to “PLAY BALL?”
When I wake up each morning and “run out onto my playing field” that day, am I ready to “PLAY BALL?”
Have I put in “time and effort,” “heart and soul” into my practicing and perfecting of my skills? Have I prayed, asked God for direction, listened to His answer, and spent time in His word? Am I ready to “PLAY BALL” when I hear God over the loud speaker of my life call me into “The Game?”
I want to be! I know that In His game I will be victorious. My team will win in the end.
Oh, the day to day battle certainly takes it’s toll. Life’s demands make me weary. I deal daily with feelings of insecurity and rejection. I have success one day followed by defeat the next.
Life is tough friend, and it is SO DAILY!
Clinging to my life verse keeps me focused and in the game;
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Christ is the one who has won the victory. Christ is the one who makes me strong. Christ is the one who gives me strength when I am weak. Christ in me keeps me in the game!
Our part is to equip ourselves as players. Discipline our weaknesses and use our strengths. Condition our minds and bodies to play this game of life well. Stand firm in the TRUTH we know. And trust completely in our Savior to get us through!
So, if you are like me, and life at times seems difficult and overwhelming…Stay in the Game!
If it feels like you are peddling uphill and sliding back more than you are going forward, Stay in the Game!
If the condition the world is in seems sad and hopeless, Stay in the Game!
Because Friends, The TRUTH is, whether we are in the first inning, the fifth inning, the ninth inning or in overtime, When God shouts over the loud speaker of our life, “PLAY BALL,” WE WIN!
CHRIST HAS WON THE VICTORY! WE JUST NEED TO STAY IN THE GAME!
Can I get an “Amen?”
See you next week!
Speak Truth Love