First Base

I preached in the church last night and at the end, as I drove home I was not happy with everything. As a minister, you want to hit a home run when you get up to the plate.

Last night I felt like it was a privilege to be able to be on a winning team and even be chosen to be a team player and you desire to do your best when you get up to the plate.

Sometimes you get a home run, sometimes you strike out, sometimes you make it to first plate, second plate or even third plate.

We realize something as we mature in the Lord. Winning is a team effort. Games are not won solely on the best player, it is a team effort. We need to be part of a team.

Each day I pray for people, people on Facebook, my Gmail account, the families in the church, my friends, my family and pastors and the leaders in our church, workers and our praise and worship team.

I pray for the leaders in our community, and our nation. I pray for ministers in our community, our nation and across the world. I pray for God’s church here in our community, this nation and across this world.

Victory comes at a price, allot of work, patience, discipline, and application, reflection, correction, and improvement making the team the best it can be.

During this time a coach will have to encourage, exhort and edify his team players and also bring correction. So like a player that has a talk with the coach after the game I talked to the Lord about things last night when I got home.

The Lord reminded me that it is not possible for us to see what the spoken Word or the Holy Spirit has done in a person’s life. Only the Lord knows that.

We as a team player do our best and with the rest of the team giving their best, we do the best we can. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose in life but through our mistakes, we learn not to make the same mistakes over and over again. Or at least we should.

When I was a young man I used drugs and alcohol over and over again making the same mistakes over and over and not learning.

But when the Coach of my life started revealing to me that was not the way I wanted to live my life I called on Him for help. Then he connected me with fellow players on the team and I began to experience some victories in life instead of defeats all the time. I found out I was playing on the wrong team. I was not on a winning team but a losing team.

Friend, surround yourself with others that have a common goal in mind that you do. My goal in life is to bring glory and honor to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because of all that He has done for me in my life. I like surrounding myself with others that have the same common goal that I do.

I want to see lives changed. I love to see people with happy blessed lives, blessed marriages, children that grow up in the grace and admonition or cautions, counsel and advice of the Lord.

Today friend you are going to make a decision, are you going to be overcome by your past failures? Or, are you going to learn from your past failures and become a better player today. Your part of the team, be a team player, let’s do our best with the help of the Lord and have victory today, we will deal with tomorrow, tomorrow.

Last night the trophy I received when I finished was when my friend’s little girl Moriah wanted to come over and give me a hug. I don’t think she is two yet and that just melted my heart because I know there has been a relationship made with this precious little girl. I think sometimes maybe that’s what God feels like when we are needing a hug and we come to Him and He enjoys that because He knows we have a relationship with Him.

God bless you, have a winning, victorious, blessed day in the Lord!!