Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Put me in coach, I'm ready to play!

There are a few things I have learned in my 38 years on this planet. 1. There are two kinds of people, those who like to relax on vacation with a good book by the pool or on the beach. Then there are those who have to see the worlds biggest ball of yarn in Timbuktu along with the jail that once held some masked gunman from some wild west town. As you might guess, not my idea of a vacation. 2. I have learned that bacon goes with anything! Bacon is a breakfast food, a lunch food and a dinner food. It is good with eggs, on a burger, wrapped on chicken and recently I discovered it was good on cupcakes. Yes, cupcakes! Go figure! So it must be true that bacon is a national treasure.

Finally, I have learned that life is very much like a game of baseball. In a game of baseball you play nine innings. Sometimes you are granted extra innings, but eventually the game will come to an end. So it is with life. You only have so long to accomplish your goals. Sometimes you may feel that you have been given extra time, but the truth is time keeps moving and eventually you run out.

In baseball you are surrounded by a team. Each team member has a different role. Only one person can do their job. A team can only have one pitcher on the field at one time. Each player must know their role if they are going to be successful. So it is in life. For a family to be successful they must know their roles. There can only be one leader of the family, says God's holy Word, that's the father. There can only be one help mate, that's the mother. Each member of the family has to know the game plan and work to that end.

In baseball there are those times when things are not going as they should so you have to make a change. Bring in a new pitcher, change the batting order, move men around in the field or take a risk on the base paths to generate some runs. So it is in the family. If something is not working like it should then we need to evaluate what we are doing and see if we need to make some changes. We must not be afraid to change. If we are, than we are destined to remain in the cellar and never move up in the standings. Without making changes during the course of the game you will never reach the championship. The apostle Paul said, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." We are called to press on, to make the changes necessary that will enable us to keep on going. Changing what we do so that we take advantage of the time we have left with our families. Changing what we do so that our children are more advanced in their spiritual walk than we were at their age. Not be satisfied with the status quo, but take some risk to advance the runners and score more runs so that the Kingdom of God might be advanced. In other words, if God is calling you to change what you do, do it! If He is asking you to do something that might be scary or uncomfortable, remember that He is the manager! He is in control and He knows what is best. He is not going to tell you to round third base and head for home if He doesn't already know the outcome.

If we are going to change our family tree, we must get in the game. Take the Word of God as your game plan. Search it out and see how God would use you to change your family so that He might be glorified.

I know there are those time when it is our turn to bat and going to the plate seems scary. Maybe God has laid it on your heart that you are to home school! Maybe He is calling you to start a business! Maybe He is calling you to run for office! Maybe He is telling you to stop working so much and invest in your family! Whatever it maybe, it's your turn to bat! What are you going to do? Turn and run back to the bench. Or are you going to walk confidently to the plate, point at the pitcher and say "give me your best pitch." You will never hit a home run if never get up to bat!

Don't be afraid to change your family tree!

Paul Kersh
Family Tree Ministries

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