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Experience – valuable in sports and life

Three veteran pro baseball scouts, living in San Diego County, and all in their 80’s, scouted baseball talent for major league teams.  They have 150 plus years of experience among them.  An interview with a Union-Tribune writer revealed the changes in major league baseball since they started.  San Diego U-T, 6/9/17

A few points got my attention.  The first was their use of ears and eyes when judging prospects.  For example, where speed guns now tell how fast a pitch is, they listened and watched carefully as pitchers offered.  They could tell by the sound of the ball on its way and its impact on the bat how hard the pitch was.  They also learned that velocity itself could be misleading.  It didn’t determine the ball’s movement in the 60 feet, 6 inches between mound and plate.  The eyes could see that.

The second was the value of experience when youngsters are drafted.  Of course now that agents are involved, and they never have small sums in mind—they intend to get rich by getting rich off prospects who have never thrown a pitch at Busch Stadium or Wrigley Field.

While a player like Mike Trout, of the Anaheim Angels—oh, pardon me—the Los Angeles Angels—signed right out of high school, he’s the rare exception.  The trio of scouts noted the difference is vast between a senior in high school and a junior in college.  And the teams seeking to build through the draft fare much better signing the college kid.

They also noted the desire a young man had to learn.  Since being a student of the game is as important as being a player, only players who never stop studying the game last.

Experience in the Christian life is like baseball scouts tuning their eyes and ears to watch and listen as pitchers pitch.  No scholastic degrees rival it.  No lack of experience in a believer, however gifted, compensates for it.  No Christian, and no Christian leader, can ever stop being a student of the Master.  Service and learning go together and can never be separated.  Should we make service the all-in-all, we become shallow.  Should we make study the all-in-all, we become isolated.  But together…now that’s Christ-likeness!

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Memory –energized by a 65 year old event

One day in 1995 the mother-daughter duo leafed through Valentine cards at an antique store.  The daughter spied a fancy-foldout card.  To her surprised delight it had her mother’s signature on the back.  She had given that card to her teacher 65 years before!  It may have cost her mother a dime in 1930.  It cost her daughter $20 to purchase it from the antique store—and worth it.  Reminisce, Hard Cover book, p. 191

A spiritual principle lurks in their experience.  The best time to become a Christian is within our early teen years:  when we still have a relatively unmarked life.  Or as soon as possible, when our bad habits haven’t become so essential we can’t live without them.  However, while that’s true, and equally true that the longer we wait to accept Christ the harder it is to get beyond old habits, accept Jesus, whatever the cost!  Never live without him, however short our experience with him.  A day spent with Jesus excels a lifetime without him.  Never die without him, for eternity then will be one complete, overwhelming misery.

Memory – all that’s left

Juanita Johnson wrote a poem about former old-fashioned entertainment:  moonlight hayrides, box suppers, quilting bees, Sunday picnics.  All of them in her time “only memories.”  In ours, “impossibly-ancient times”.  Rural Ideals 

Christians also have memories:  of friends loved, now gone to Jesus; of goals set and… sometimes reached.  More often of goals set…and unfulfilled.  Memories of what we knew would happen, and did.  What we were sure would, but didn’t.  What we steeled ourselves to face…but found ourselves but half-prepared.  What we feared enough to flee, but on facing found not half as bad as anticipated.

The glory of faith in Christ, however, is the pleasure of having memories, a present life with him and a future beyond all our imaginations and dreams.  Appreciate all three.  Learn from the memories, but live for now and tomorrow.  Memories can’t return.  They can only remind us of what used to be.  But life in Christ…aah…good for today, for tomorrow and good forever.

Check out my E-books and website at:  www.smashwords.com/profile/view/virgh; www.uglydogpro.com

 Books at:  www.createspace.com.  (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.) 

 New Apologetics book:  Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1

 Books also at www.amazon.com  (Virgil Hurley)