From Pastor Davies – 8/30
Did you happen to see the Little League World Series Championship Game last Sunday afternoon? A team from New York captured the title by beating the team from South Korea, 2-1. It was a very exciting, close game and the win by the team from the U.S. was the first one since 2011. I loved watching these 12 and 13 year old kids give their very best effort on the field and the sportsmanship displayed by both teams after the game was fabulous.
As I watched the conclusion of this game, I thought about the following story: A Little League coach was asked the name of his team. He replied, “The Scrambled Eggs.” “Oh? Why did you pick that name?” someone asked. He answered, “Because we’re always getting beat!”
Some days it’s almost impossible not to feel defeated. Go to any sporting event and you’ll find plenty of people in the stands who know just how the players should be playing in order to win the game! (I saw this firsthand last Thursday night when in Washington, D.C. as I watched the Nationals play the Baltimore Orioles).
But those aren’t the people who win. The team members on the field, playing in the hope of winning, are the real victors. The coach who can inspire players to that hope will often have a winning team.
When you have one of those down days, turn to God, read God’s Word for assurances of hope, and ask God to fill you with hope and peace. And may your prayer be this: Lord, fill my heart with Your love. And may I play the game of life joyfully, resting in Your hope. Amen.
Have a blessed week and see you in worship this Sunday.