A GAME WHERE SOMETHING MEMORABLE HAPPENS AND, JUST THINK, IT HAPPENED IN CINCINNATI AT A REDS BALL GAME!
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”— Matthew 5:11-12
Babe Ruth was nearing the end of one of his last full major league games. It was the Braves versus the Reds in Cincinnati. The great Ruth was no longer as agile as he had once been. He fumbled the ball and threw badly. In one inning alone his errors were responsible for most of the five runs scored by Cincinnati.
As the Babe walked off the field after the third out and headed toward the dugout, a crescendo of yelling and booing reached his ears. Just then a boy jumped over the railing and onto the playing field. With tears streaming down his face, he threw his arms around the legs of his hero.
Ruth didn’t hesitate for one second. He picked up the boy, hugged him, and set him down on his feet, patting his head gently. The noise from the stands came to an abrupt halt and a hush fell over the entire park. Both had melted the hearts of the crowd.
Everyone has critics; and everyone is a critic. But it’s amazing how showing love has the ability to calm criticism. So instead of being angry with those who insult you, love them. Not only can it silence your critics, but you can be sure you’ll be rewarded for your obedience!
On a personal note, my Dad was always my greatest fan. When I played ball he would come to the games a yell for me louder than anyone else in the ballpark. He was the kind of Dad who could embarrass the living daylights out of you. He was the father to me that he did not have long enough, for you see, my grandfather died when my Dad was just a young boy. He made me feel that I could do anything, which we all know is not true; but that is the way he made me feel about myself. He was my greatest critic, but also my greatest fan. Today, on Father’s Day, I remember my Dad, Speedy Keith, a real man and a great Dad.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY GUYS. I BELIEVE IN YOU!
Your loving Pastors,
Cleddie & GayNell Keith