Why I Love Baseball

If you have ever been on a Fenway Park tour you may have seen this quote by the great Hall of Famer, Ted Williams.  This quote not only applies to Baseball, but life in general.

“Baseball players are not born great. They’re not born batters or pitchers or managers, and luck isn’t a key factor. No one has come up with a substitute for hard work. I’ve never met a great baseball player who didn’t have to work harder at learning to play baseball than anything else he ever did. To me it was the greatest fun I ever had, which probably explains why today I feel both humility and pride, because God let me play the game and learn to be good at it…Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game…I’m grateful and I know how lucky I was to have been born in America and had a chance to play the game I loved, the greatest game of them all, BASEBALL.”

– Ted Williams

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Happy Opening Day!

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What is Serve Dei

One thing I really enjoy about The Well Community Church is the desire for the church to exemplify people are the church.  We got the opportunity to do just that yesterday.  There were a couple thousand people that gathered at Fresno State as one group and then spread out throughout Fresno/Clovis to serve people.Image

Our life group got to serve a woman who does not have the ability to keep her yard maintained.  We brought our yard equipment/tools and spent a couple hours mowing, weeding, and raking up leaves.

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It’s Almost Here

Just a few weeks until Major League Baseball season opens and the San Francisco Giants  begin the season as defending World Series Champs!  To add to the excitement we have the World Baseball Classic to jumpstart the season.

One question/thought I have going into this season is what place does instant replay have in baseball?  I can cope with replay on home runs in the postseason, but feel that if you give a little ground on replay it is going to become the official.  Baseball has always been a sport with a great legacy and history.  Part of that history is the human aspect.  A strike zone cannot be defined by a computer, nor can every close play at a base be reviewed and judged by an umpire with a video monitor.

What do you think?

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Are you ready to own

Now is a great time to buy a home if you have been thinking about it.  If you have thought about selling I would be happy to let you know how much your home is worth.

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The Tan Fam

Dave and Mica Tan are great friends to Amy and me and are in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia.  I encourage you to check out their website to read about their story of adoption and to learn how you can join them in prayer and with financial support.  An added bonus if you donate (tax-deductible through Lifesong for Orphans) is that Dave will custom make you a paracord bracelet or key chain!

Visit www.thetanfam.com

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Gridlock…a spiritual lesson?

I have been in southern California for a couple days and have had the pleasure of experiencing the famed LA traffic.  I had an interesting thought while sitting in traffic this week that relates gridlock to my walk with Jesus.

I thought, while sitting in the middle lane of a 3 lane hwy, my walk with Jesus is a lot like gridlock.  I want to follow His will, but I see the other lanes of traffic moving past me on either side.  Then in a sweet turn of events the outside lanes slow and my lane speeds by.  Inevitable is the fact that minutes [if not seconds] later my lane slows to a crawl and once again the other cars are speeding by while I sulk about not being in one of the moving lanes.

I think this was Jesus trying to show me that contentment is the best way to fight those doubts of “am I in the right lane”.  If I am able to trust Jesus has the perfect plan for my life I don’t have to play the rat race.  There are many things that come my way that try to draw my attention away from the perfect will of Jesus, but only lead to more frustration.

My charge to you [and me] is to seek contentment in Jesus.  His will is not always clearly visable, but when we focus on Jesus He will give us that peace that we seek.

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