Skip to main content

Your Win/Loss Record Does Not Matter to God

It had been three weeks since I'd seen the boys at Tuesday night town league softball and I really wasn't sure what to expect as I approached the field.  Things have been pretty for our team this season.  We're a team that consists mainly of churchmen with decent, but not spectacular talent, playing in a league where guys spend hundreds on bats and in some cases play year round.  If your tracking with me then you'd be safe to assume our record puts us towards the bottom of the league.

Last weeks game had been especially painful and the reports I'd gotten from some players said the team spirit was at its lowest.  People were arguing with each other, complaining about umpires and a negative attitude aura was beginning to envelop the entire dugout.  The losing was taking its toll on the boys.  So I went to the game hoping to breathe some fresh air into the team.  My plan was to gather them up and remind them why a bunch of ragtag churchmen play in a town ball league against a bunch of cussing, beer drinking, softball crunching dudes.  We play with a greater purposes that wins and losses I was going to say.

When I got to the game I stretched and threw a ball around a little to warm-up.  Then right as the other game ended one of my teammates gathered everyone up.  He had his phone, and a Bible app, and he wanted to read us something.  This is what he said,

"Colossians 3:1 - If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated, at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."

My teammate wisely reminded those of us gathered there as professing Christians that our win/loss record does not matter to God.  We don't play softball for trophies and championships.  We play because we enjoy fellowship with one another, because we want to glorify God through the use of our bodies, because we want to be a light in the community, because we want to model what competition with integrity and respect looks like in the Kingdom of God.  It was a good word and a great reminder.

The Apostle Paul was continually reminding the churches he served of the Gospel.  In his letters he says things over and over again to drive home certain points.  People are forgetful.  We need reminding, especially when it comes to the purposes and plans of Jesus.  Our hearts and minds nature position is hostile to God and will stray from him.  We need a community of faith and the Word of God to serve as  reminders, pointing us back again and again to what really matters.
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

5 Reasons I Won't Let My Kids Wear Clothes with Skulls on Them

Yesterday I threw out a poll question on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  The poll question asked, "Should Christians wear attire with skulls on it?"  I received some great comments from people with a variety of opinions.  You can read the comments on my timeline from 8/8/13.

My opinion is that Christians should not wear clothes with skulls on them.

I don't have one specific Bible verse that I can use to prove my point.  Jesus never said, "Thou shalt not wear clothes with skulls."  I do however think there are number of conclusions that can be drawn from Scripture that support my opinion.

1.  Jesus does care about the clothes we wear.
I don't believe God's people are free to wear whatever they want.  From the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament you can find Biblical language related to clothes.  There are laws in Leviticus about clothes.  God instructed the OT priests on what to wear don't believe God's people are free to wear wh…

How Stephanie and I Celebrated 15 Years of Marriage

Yesterday Stephanie and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! 
To kick off the festivities, on Wednesday afternoon Stephanie bought a new car from Harry Browns in Faribault. She said good goodbye to the minivan and bought a 2014 Dodge Journey. She picked out a great new vehicle and her dad Ralph channeled his inner New Yorker to haggle us a great price.
We started the day Thursday driving to St. Peter to pick up Isabelle from the "Gustie" Basketball and Leadership camp. She spent 4 days there learning, practicing and having a blast. We celebrated together as a family with some Godfather's Pizza!
After getting back to Northfield I dropped the kids off at some friend's houses so Stephanie and I could be alone together. Having great friends who help with the kids is such a blessing. 
Stephanie had the idea that we should get tattoos together. She didn't have to work hard to convince me! After asking for recommendations on Facebook we decided to check out  Guns and Nee…

Lessons from Mt Everest

It would be great is life was all fun and easy and exciting like glissading down a mountain side.  However life is actually much more like climbing up the mountain.  It is difficult, painful, dangerous and exhilarating all wrapped up into one.
Last Sunday I preached at a church in Northfield and I shared some thoughts about this.  I compared lessons I've learned studying mountain climbing to lessons I've learned living life.  Here are the five things I talked about, along with some accompanying Bible verses.
1. You have to have a goal and you have to work hard towards achieving it, sometimes for a long time ---> Jer 29:10-14  2. You have to expect setbacks (injury, weather, enemies, catastrophe) and roll with them ----> 2 Cor 4:8-10  3. You have to push yourself beyond what you thought possible ----> Phil 4:13  4. In most cases, you need others to help you (guides, logistics, cheerleaders, friends, expedition leader) ----> Heb 10:15   5. You have to acknowledg…