Mound Visits, 7/7/18
The most distant from God that I ever felt was during my time as a minor league baseball player. We didn’t have Baseball Chapel in those days, so one day looked just like another. The clubhouses and locker rooms were filled with exceptional athletes and “cool guys” who were both competitive and ambitious. They were also filled with profanity, pornography and a lack of discipline. I was a Christian, but as the saying goes, “you are who you’re with.” I felt like God was a million miles away, but actually He was with me all of the time, knocking on the door of my heart.
Jesus knew that man could get caught up in this delusion of feeling distant. He addresses it in “The Parable of the Sower” in Mark 4. As a professional baseball player, I was “like the seed sown among thorns” (4:18). I had heard the Word, “but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things came in and choked the word, making it unfruitful.”
No matter whether we play professional baseball, a member of a sales team, an executive or a coach, we need to stay in the Word and find people who will encourage us in our walk with Christ. A man can get choked on worry, the deceitfulness of wealth and our desires.