Outta the Park
Posted: September 24, 2016
I've played a lot of baseball in my life. I played 2nd base mostly, and loved diving in the dirt and making ESPN-Top-10-worthy plays. I also loved batting. I could hit fastballs all day long, and sometimes I could hit them outta the park (queue the crowd going wild as I rounded the bases...).
But in the interest of being completely transparent, it wasn't all ESPN-worthy. Some of it was just downright embarrassing. I really struggled with every pitch that wasn't a fastball. Curveballs? Couldn't hit em. Sliders? Not a chance. And how do you think I fared with screwballs? Nope, couldn't hit those either. I really struggled with pitches that were outside my comfort zone. And most of the time, they all led me to the same place. The bench. I would strike out and make my way to the bench.
There are a lot of people we encounter throughout any given day. Sure, we have our coworkers and our family, but we also have the girl at the checkout at the grocery store, that jerk who cut us off while driving the other day, and let's not forget about the barista that messed up our order last week...
Every day we encounter so many people from so many walks of life, but no matter what that encounter looks like, we were given one simple instruction as to how we're supposed to treat those people:
"For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” - Galatians 5:14
You see, we can live every day of our lives thinking we're knocking it outta the park, when in reality we're completely striking out on what was our most important instruction from Christ.
Sometimes you gotta show some people some love, and sometimes that means going out of your comfort zone. Sometimes you gotta show people some love, even if they throw you a curveball you weren't expecting. Sometimes you gotta show love to the people who just seem difficult to love. And of course, life is full of screwballs that just make you mad, but you know what? They need to be loved, too. But don't strike out. Do everything you can to show them love. Knock it outta the park.
Lord, I know I can sometimes neglect to love people that are right in front of me. But I don't wanna strike out. Help me to be more aware of opportunities to show love, and help me to knock it outta the park. In Jesus' name, amen.