I love baseball. I have since I was a kid. About this time every year, I find myself on the baseball field with my kids teaching them the game. One of my kids has practice just about every day of the week except for Sundays. So for the next couple of months I live there. The other day, I came across this video on how a baseball is made. I found it really interesting.
One of the statistics that was given towards the end of the video is that it takes about seven days to make one baseball. Seven days. According to many statistics, the average lifespan of a baseball in the Major Leagues is about seven pitches. Imagine being that baseball, finally making the big show. It took seven days to make you and then you sat around for a long time waiting to get into the game. And then, seven pitches later, you are done with what you were created to do. That's it. Finished. **
There is something to be learned here. At least, in my feeble mind, I was struck with how short life is. I was created to be someone and do something for God. And before I know it, it will be done. I will be finished. Because of that, I should take every opportunity I have to do what I am called to do. I should preach as much as I can. I should shepherd as many people as I can. I should take every opportunity to share the gospel with as many people as possible. I should redeem the time. As Paul writes in Ephesians 5:15-16, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."
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** I understand that the baseball illustration fails on many levels. The ball went home to be played with by some kid. It was thrown around by a father and his son. It was put in a shelf to be looked at the rest of someones life. But bear with me on the illustration