“TIME OUT”

Psalm 27 – “1. The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? 14. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

27. When you hear the number 27, what do you think of? OK, How bout 27 up 27 down? Well, only 23 pitchers in MLB history have done it, thrown a perfect game. A perfect game is when a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) doesn’t allow a single base runner in a minimum of 9 innings. Don Larson is the only pitcher to throw one in a world series. Think about it, there’s been over 200,000 games in the MLB and its only happened 23 times!

When we think of 27 as it pertains to the Bible, what do you think of? Not much right. Well, there are 27 books in the New Testament. There were 27 generations from David to Christ. The name Abraham appears in 27 books. And it links strongly with the Holy Spirit and the Trinity (3 x 3 x 3 = 27). But the most amazing statistic has nothing to do with the number 27. It has to do with perfection. In the history of the world, there’s been only one perfect person, Jesus.

We’re not going to be perfect on, or off, the field. Odds are, we probably won’t even come close each day. When you wake up each day, do you have a purpose? Or do you just go through the motions, same ol same ol? Does being better today than yesterday have any meaning to your life off the field or do you just think about improving in athletics?

The cool thing is that we don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to be on point every day. Doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try every day. God receives us just the way we are, no matter how messed up we are, no matter how imperfect we’re living our life. He forgives us and gives us unconditional love, simply for a relationship.

PRAYER: “God, forgive me for all my faults and negative actions. Give me the strength and passion to pursue you each and every day. Help me to lift up everyone around me.

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