Jesus says, “Never give up.”

1995 Baseball season – at a game that has been voted in one poll the greatest moment in baseball history, a gray, older ball player, took off his cap – and for 23 minutes received a thunderous applause from the fans at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Cal Ripkin – called the nonstop shortstop – became the greatest iron man in baseball history.

Not an iron man because he had more runs, home runs, greatest hitter. But applauded because, for 2,131 games, he did ONE thing.

He showed up.

And played.

When hurt.

When not hurt.

When tired.

When energized.

Day after day,

after day,

after day,

after day,

after day,

after day.

He showed up.

He became symbolic of many of the virtues that seem to be disappearing from American sports: hard work, persistence, and modesty. He fought the good fight.

He fought the good fight.

Maybe you are discouraged today. Maybe you are disappointed today. Those are powerful enemies.

I’m here today, to tell you what God says.

He says fight the good fight. Keep pushing, keep striving, keep going.
Fight the good fight. Gut it up. Don’t crawfish. Don’t crawl. Don’t complain, gripe and whine. You keep going.

You got a problem? Take it to God. My new favorite sentence in the Bible, Luke 18:1 says “One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.”

Jesus says, “Never give up.”

Amen and amen.

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