Happy Opening Day! Although they did play one game last night, today officially starts the 2009 Major League Baseball season. The Morgan family loves watching baseball, especially the Texas Rangers. Many evenings you’ll find us outback playing a pickup game of whiffle-ball.
I love the story of the Bill Veeck. Bill used to own the is the Cleveland Indians. Several years ago after the Cleveland Indians had won the World Series they started the next season with 3 straight losses. They had fans doing crazy things like refusing to eat, or refusing to go to work, or climbing a flagpole and not coming down till the Indians won their first game. They actually lost 11 straight games.
It was after 11 straight losses that Bill Veeck came up with a great idea. He decided to have another “opening day” and went through all the rituals as if the season was beginning all over again. He had the mayor throw out the first pitch. He wanted them to start all over again with a fresh start. They did, by winning that game and breaking out of that slump!
I’m thankful for the times in my life that I’ve got to start over again. Sometimes people make a mess of their lives and need a second chance. Sometimes people even need a third, fourth or fifth chance. The great thing is that God gives you those chances. He loves being the God of second chances. Here are just a few people that got second changes …
- The woman caught in adultery
- The Samaritan woman
- The thief on the cross
- The prodigal son
- Me and You
You’re never to far from God for another fresh start. You may have struck out so many times you can’t remember, but the God of the second chance wants to give you another fresh start. You don’t need to refuse to eat or climb a flag pole. The good news is that today is “Opening Day,” not only in baseball, but also in your life. You just need to throw out the first pitch to God and let Him do the rest. He is the God of the second chance.