Last Sunday marked the beginning of our new series "Put Me in Coach..." at Peace Haven! As I shared about this series, I made sure that people knew that this is not intended to be "The Gospel According to John Fogerty." Rather, when I get to this time of year with the flowers blooming, the grass growing, and the return of the baseball season, this song always echoes deep within my soul. Am I an avid baseball fan who memorizes every stat and rarely misses a game? No, not in the slightest, but I enjoy the opportunity to go to games and cheer on my favorite teams whether they are high school, college, minor league, or major league players.
So why use a theme like that in church? After our last series that looked at how we could "Live Like We're Dying," the urgency of seeing the mobilization of God's people has burned in my heart. My family and I had a great opportunity after an amazing Easter weekend to spend a few days visiting extended family in Tennessee. During this visit, I enjoyed time with loved ones, but I also tried to get out and exercise when feasible. One of my "gyms" of choice was a cemetery that was close to my in-laws' house in Clarksville.
Walking among the deceased provided many opportunities for reflection.
Tombstones- While there were some that were very ornate and others that were almost non-existent, their condition and reality are all the same. The appearance of their graves did not make a difference, but rather the impact made on the lives of those they knew while living determine their legacy.
Quiet- Life is filled with noise as people find their lives characterized by human hustle and bustle. One day, that noise will cease and our opportunities to make noise, in praise and faith, will only be heard in Heaven.
Life is brief- While the amount of years varied with each marker, the reality of how quickly those years pass becomes increasingly more evident as we witness our children grow up and eventually our grandchildren.
All of these observations, no matter how morbid they may seem, inspire me toward this new series as a renewed emphasis on the fact that we all become worm food eventually. What are we doing today to "seize the day" and make an eternal impact? "Put Me in Coach" is a challenge to all of us to not ride the pine or be in the stands, but to actively seek where and how God wants to work in and through our lives for His greater glory.
I've said it before and I will say it again, when we passionately resolve to pursue God's will and glory in our lives, we better...BUCKLE UP!