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Batter Up!
by Steve Higginbotham
August 15, 2006
Earlier this week, Luke Hudson, a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals was scheduled to start against the Cleveland Indians.  As he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning, Luke Hudson could never have imagined what was about to happen to him.  The first 10 Indians to bat reached base and eventually scored.  Hudson gave up 8 hits and 3 walks in just one third of an inning before he was mercifully taken out of the game.

You have to feel badly for a guy in a situation like this.  In just a matter of moments, things are out of hand, and you wish you could start all over.  But you can't.  Put one in the loss column and forget about your ERA.

However, I dare say we've all been in Luke Hudson's position.  Just take a look at your record.  How many mistakes have you made?  How many commandments have you disobeyed?  How many times have you failed to perform as you wanted to?  You see, it's happened to all of us.  The difference between Luke Hudson and me or the difference in Major League Baseball and Christianity is that Jesus let's you start all over again after a miserable beginning. 

That's right.  He lets you begin again.  Things not going the way you planned?  Foolish mistakes?  Unimaginable failures?  Embarrassed by the messes you have made?  The good news is you don't have to live with them.  Jesus allows you to go back to the dugout, he clears the bases, resets the scoreboard, and allows you to start again!  Thank God for new beginnings (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Copyright 2006, South Green Street Church of Christ, Glasgow, Kentucky
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