Step up to the bat

Our pastor this Sunday was discussing “The Purpose Driven Life” where the author used the illustration of a baseball diamond as the progression of a Christian life.

1st Base: bring people to faith where they give their life to Christ.

2nd Base: We help them grow in Christ through Sunday School.

3rd Base: We help them understand how they can use their gifts to help in the world.

Home: Finally send them out into the world to work their mission.

Personally, I thought that was rather advanced; especially 1st base being, giving their life to Christ right up front without knowing anything. In fact, my first thought was, that seems like Pro-Ball instead of where I feel I am in; the Junior League.

Pro-Ball vs Junior League

Then she started discussing turning the diamond on its head, which did make more sense, show them the mission, have them use their gifts, learn more at Sunday School THEN give their life to Christ. I liked that better, but still came to one very generic conclusion, in either scenario…

you still have to step up to the bat.

Whether you jump in both feet first or dip a toe to test the waters, you have to at least give it a try. That’s where I go back to the Junior league. In the junior league you are playing. You are giving the whole game a chance. There are more opportunities to play, more time to get to know the game and build a like for it. THEN if you feel like advancing for the pros you take the Walk to Emmaus or extra classes and do the cannon ball.

I know the church is hoping you advance to the pros, but personally, I hope you at least try playing the game. You never know if you’ll like it unless you try it, and I must say,

that run to first base is exhilarating!



  1. Sylvia Griffin's Gravatar Sylvia Griffin
    September 30, 2014    

    As always, you right on target, sweet Kathleen. I’m so glad you used Kim’s illustration, and reminded me what I heard on Sunday. I always need a “rerun” of the Sunday sermon. Tell Bert I don’t know how to cut and paste, so I’m lost on the antivirus stuff. Hugs and Kisses, Sylvia(Mom)

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 1, 2014    

    Instead of feeling, “I’ll believe it when I see it”, for me, it’s always been more like, “I’ll see it when I believe it”. No, we didn’t know anything as children. We didn’t see anything either, but wholeheartedly, we truly did believe, just as we still do today.

    • October 1, 2014    

      I KNOW God is at work through us… this message came in right as I was listening to the song “We Believe” by the Newsboys… I recommend it if you haven’t heard it.


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