Tuesday, October 8, 2013

We're talkin' baseball

"let us not grow weary"
Galatians 6:9

I was watching the National League playoffs this evening, and I heard a wonderful, inspirational thought....

The announcers... commentators... play-by-play guys... whatever you call 'em ~ were talking about how these days it's unusual for a pitcher to pitch when he hasn't had five days rest.  That's the norm now.  In the olden days pitchers might pitch two days in a row, coming out of in relief the day after they had started.   But now, there are closers and middle relievers and specialists of one kind and another, and pitchers have gotten used to five days off in between starts.

But because it's the playoffs, star pitchers are being called into service more frequently.   And the announcers were asking a former pitcher what he thought of that, specifically, "How hard is it for a pitcher to come out and give their best on only a couple days' rest?"  The response was what intrigued me. 

First of all, he talked about the adrenaline.  He said the fact that it's the post-season offsets any tiredness you might be feeling.  Not being an adrenaline-junky, that didn't occur to me, but I'll bet he's right ~ you forget you're tired when you're motivated.

But the other thing he said was that a star pitcher is also inspired by the confidence his organization has in him.  That trust pushes him to do his best, to live up to that expectation.

I just love that idea, of high expectations being motivation to something great.  And what greater inspiration could we have, as Christians, than that of knowing that our Creator and King has called us?  He has prepared our works for us, that we should walk in them, (Ephesians 2:10) and He has chosen the time in which we live.  The stage is set, and weary or not, we are called to serve, and serve well.  It's a command performance.

~ "let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap
if we do not lose heart" ~
Galatians 6:9

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