Baseball…


I am a baseball fan…I grew up playing baseball. My team is and has always been the St. Louis Cardinals. Most Cardinals fans are fanatics and that’s certainly describes me. If you want to get my blood boiling, ask me about the 6th game of the 1985 World Series and if Mark McQuire deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

As a baseball fan, one of my dream trips was to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Last month, I made this dream a reality and spent a whole day at this Baseball shrine.

While visiting, I read the following quote from Honus Wagner, “There ain’t much to being a ballplayer, if you are a ballplayer.” Honus Wagner is considered by many to be baseball’s greatest all-around player. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ shortstop was a sensational hitter, a brilliant base-runner and a flawless fielder. One of the first five players inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he led the league in stolen bases on six occasions, finishing his career with a total of 722 steals. Wagner retired with more hits, runs, RBI, doubles, triples, games and steals than any other National League player. Honus Wagner was certainly a baseball player.

I have been meditating on the following thoughts: “There ain’t much to be a Christian, if you are a Christian.” For Christians who seek to follow the Lord God wholeheartedly and have a passion to know Christ, living the Christian life and serving Christ is normally not a drudgery but a joy. When we as Christians, allow pride and lust to emerge and we fail to put God first, the Christian life can seem difficult and hard.

“There ain’t much to be a Sunday School teacher or leader, if you are a Sunday School teacher or leader.” Certainly, there are skills that all Sunday School teachers and leaders need to hone, much like baseball players must learn to catch, throw, hit, and run the bases. But for me, Sunday School is a passion and I love to teach God’s Word. I hope teaching and leading Sunday Schools can become a passion for you as well.

Hope to see at Sunday School University! For a list of locations,
www.equippingu.org.

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About drmarkmiller

I serve as the Sunday School, Discipleship, Small Groups Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention
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