CAN YOU PITCH THE PERFECT GAME?

PHILIP HUMBER PITCHES A PERFECT GAME

“May 29, 2012 – White Sox pitcher Philip Humber — who won for the first time Tuesday night since his April 21 perfect game — shares about his testimony, the verse inscribed on his glove and his admiration for the ministry of Billy Graham.”It’s perhaps the loneliest feeling in baseball.

It’s the 7th inning and you’ve got a perfect game going. And nobody wants to talk to you.

Not your manager. Not your teammates. Even the batboy is nowhere to be found.

But on one unlikely Saturday afternoon in Seattle, White Sox pitcher Philip Humber welcomed the silent treatment.

“I remember sitting in the dugout and I got this feeling that it might happen,” the Christian athlete said.

Nerves racing, adrenaline pumping, Humber decided to give it all over to God with a simple prayer: “Lord if this is Your will for it to happen, just use me to glorify You through it.”

And it happened all right— only the 21st perfect game in baseball history: a 96-pitch, 4-0 masterpiece that ended with a chaotic check-swing strikeout to Mariners’ Brendan Ryan.

For a split second, just before his White Sox teammates mobbed him in a celebration at the pitcher’s mound, Humber collapsed to the ground, his head buried in his hands.

“I just fell to my knees and thanked God,” he said. “As soon as I got up, my teammates were all over me. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.”” – This excerpt taken from the BGEA Article: “Humber Uses Perfect Game to Glorify a Perfect God” Read the article and watch the video in its entirety HERE

Is pitching a perfect game, “all in a days work”? It could very well be! Philip Humber keeps a scripture boldly written on the inside of his pitchers glove:

“Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.” Colossians 3:23 MSG

 

NO EXCUSES

We as Christians have no excuse to be lazy. We have no excuses to ride the Glory Train into home plate with no effort, work, or momentum. Titus 2:4 tells us to become “busy at home” (in other words clean), and 1 Peter 5:8 calls us to “be sober, be vigilant”. Christians in the marketplace should be the most dependable, most honest, most true, and most honorable people in our companies. We’re representing Jesus!

When we work “As unto the Lord and not unto men”, we labor representing Christ and His image. Scripture says in result of this work that we will be found “Worthy of our wages” 1 Timothy 5:8

Working hard for God does not have to be “hard” as in difficult, uncomfortable, unyielding. Working hard for God can be tiring, exhausting (in the pleasurable *sigh* way), and contented. There is a difference between “working hard” at things you hate to do (because they are hard) and “working hard” at things you LOVE to do because they are so much FUN! If you feel as if your whole life has been surrounded around the wrong kind of hard work … well today I suggest you look back into doing what you LOVE to do, and see if you can’t continue on with MORE of whatever that is!

WRITERS WRITE ABOUT WHAT THEY KNOW

It is said that the best writers in history have written about what they know. While there are some great fantasy books out there, the best ones often have a central theme that pertained to their childhood upbringing. For example experts today attribute JRR Tolkein writer of The Lord of The Rings, vivid imagry due to his surroundings while growing up as a child in England. And who can forget Marie Louise Alcott’s Little Women? Our lives are masterpeices and in these masterpeices, we get to write our own stories. Writing about what we know about, or choosing to work at what we do within our gifting is a very important function of who we are as human beings. Only the human can feel inclined to do something, and choose to do something entirely opposite! Take the beaver, does it scale rocks? NO! It builds dams!

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT

Philip Humber is a great baseball player, even though he was “shut down in 2005 after 74 1/3 innings to undergo reconstructive Tommy John elbow surgery.” This surgery didn’t hold him back from doing what he loves and glorifying God in the process. Your situation shouldn’t either! Whatever it is, however much it costs… praise the Lord and work toward getting started today!

A prayer for today,

Lord God, be with your people. Encourage them to “do the impossible”, help them to see that You can stop the SUN if that is required for Your vision to manifest. Help them to see that You are constantly working for their benefit and that as they do all their work as unto You – they will be greatly rewarded! AMEN

 

Have a great day friends!

 

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