As the title above says, this is a blog about my life. One of my core values is to be transparent and open about my life so that others might grow and be encouraged. So, I will share a recent experience that will do that, or at least give you a healthy laugh.
Last Friday our church was playing in a softball championship game and the stands were full with energetic fans. The game was close. I was on second base determined to get home. The next batter hit the ball and I had a chance to score. Our third base coach tried to keep me at third, but I was not going to be denied the chance to score. I rounded third and saw the eyes of the catcher and knew that it would be close.
I love sliding, and when I do its usually face first. With arms out front like superman, I did my best Johnny Bench imitation. However, so unlike Bench or superman, when I hit the ground I literally slid out of my pants, spandex and all. I will never buy Walmart spandex again.
As the dust settled I felt a cool breeze. The moon was full. I struggled to cover things back up as quickly as I could and ran to the dug out praying I could be translated back to Sierra Leone. No one really knew what to say as I sat on the bench with my face inside my sweat shirt. We were all in a state of shock.
We normally close in a circle of prayer after every game. The guy next to me said with a laugh, “I’m not holding his hand!” That broke the ice and we all had a healthy chuckle. Another man said, “You and your wife need to pray for you to keep your pants on!” My wife’s best friend was in the stands of the opposing team. She went to my wife and said, “I’ve just seen all of your husband!”
In life we will go through embarrassing failures. We don’t listen to our coach, the Holy Spirit, and we run past him determined to do our own thing. As a result we are left exposed and humiliated (Please bare with me!). The great news is that God will forgive and forget when we turn to him with a humble, repentant heart. Your friends and family will not forget. We have better memories than elephants when it comes to remembering the failures of others. But, God chooses to forgive and forget because of the love, the grace, the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. We stand before Him justified, just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned. How amazing is that! Now, if I could just get my team mates to be more like God!!
Psalm 103:110-114 – He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.