Archive | April, 2014

Don’t Tax Yourself!

For those of you doing your last minute taxes today, this devotional thought will be brief so that you can get back to filing!

The famous black baseball player, Jackie Robinson, who helped break down the racial barriers in major league baseball, went hitless this day in 1947 in his first major league debut. Sure he had pressure from the press and society in general to not make waves that day. However, he did not quit after today. He kept going. Because of his determination and skills, major league baseball retired #42 (no one else in the future will be allowed to wear the same number) for all teams on this day in 1997, the 50th anniversary of his move to “The Show”.

So you don’t hit every ball that comes your way. You don’t get everyone to come out to help volunteer for a project. The list can go on and on and ………….. Just don’t give up. One day the Lord will say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Now that beats any tax refund!

Do The Right Thing Anyway!

If you live in the Old North State called North Carolina, it is Independence Week! You may have a hard time though finding fireworks to commemorate the occasion.

For those of you not familiar with the state’s history, there were a group of folks meeting in Halifax, North Carolina and adopted the paperwork for independence from the British this week in 1776 just a few months ahead of the declaration made in Philadelphia. It is called the Halifax Resolution. If you look closely at the state flag, you will find this date printed on it. Native Tar Heels are very proud of this accomplishment.

But somehow this gathering didn’t get the same billing as the one in July of the same year. It has become a brief side note in history. The people who took great efforts in putting this resolution together may be sad to know how they were treated over the years. Yet they may take some comfort in knowing that even though they may not have been recognized as the Philadelphia group they still did the right thing.

When you go around doing the right thing today and don’t get noticed for it, just remember it is not the first time this ever happened to someone. Keep being faithful to your calling in helping people become free from their lives of sin. The ones you help are paying attention and that’s all that matters anyway

No Foolin’

It’s just not fair! They teach you to do it faster and you get the hang of it and then someone comes along and changes the routine. Whether it is a chore at work or a new technique in how you live at home, this new style is just down-right frustrating. No foolin’!

One of the best in sports who could fool a lot of people was born today in 1939. In his prime, Phil Niekro, the major league baseball knuckle ball pitcher for the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves, was the master on the mound who could make hitters beg for mercy. It was not that he threw a ball by them at the speed of sound. On the contrary! His lobs were so much slower and unconventional that even his catchers were worn out trying to catch for him before he was done pitching!  He was a sight to see. He got the hitters out of rhythm with their swings. By the time they adjusted to this new pitching method, it was “Strike Three – You’re Out!”

We can be reminded today that we don’t have to be fooled by the world to think that we have to be the fastest anything to get ahead in life. Phil used what was natural to him to become one of the best pitchers of his kind in the big leagues. In the Kingdom of God, our Heavenly Father wants you and me to use our gifts in whatever form. Go ahead and give these gifts over to the Lord to bless and use today to advance the Good News. The world will take notice and then you are nobody’s fool!