A Word with You - January 15, 2016

 

Baseball, Steroids and Starting Over

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Our sons were - and are - crazy about baseball. Now our grandsons are. They know the players, the standings, and the stats. Did I mention they're crazy about baseball? They are. But dark clouds have again rolled in over America's baseball stadiums, because they've been more reports that some stars, who are a lot of kids' heroes, cheated to be great.

PED? That's not the initials for some new government program. It's a performance-enhancing steroid. Yes, it's against the rules of baseball to have it in your system. But, hey, it's all about winning, right? In professional sports, the bucks are big, the pressure is big, the temptations are big.

But no one's bigger than the rules. Breaking them may help you win the game, but at a pretty high price. You trade your priceless character for some cheap victories. Your accomplishments aren't really you - they're you plus the drugs. What could have been the Hall of Fame is overshadowed by the Hall of Shame.

And once you've embraced Him as the Forgiver of my sin, He gives you the grace to retrace your regrets to work to restore what - or who - you've hurt. Because Jesus said, "I make all things new (Revelation 21:5)."

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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