“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)
“Dwell.” That word gives a feeling of, well...permanency. My life as a baseball wife, though, has had the feeling of anything BUT permanency! During the last thirty years I’ve become an expert in “temporary”: we were traded six times, Tim coached four major league teams, and two winter baseball teams. With all that moving around, my children and I needed some stability, and we found it in the fellowship of Christian teammates, Baseball Chapel and various churches that we found in our baseball cities.
God's Word tells us in Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves, as is the matter of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching." I found great comfort in attending a local church where I was fed spiritual truths and my children were taught God's Word. This helped us find Christian friends wherever we were. Through the highs and lows, these Christian brothers and sisters never wavered in their love and care for us. Along the way, we were mentored by various chapel leaders and pastors, and I, in turn, mentored other wives.
Many ballplayers' families do not attend church during the season, leaving them vulnerable to the pressures of the game and of life. When there was no Bible study on our team, we would start one. There is a bond that unites Christians on a team when they pray and study God's Word together. The best years for me as a wife were when we had regular Bible study. If you know our Lord and His Word, teach other wives and girlfriends (Hebrews 5:12). If you are a young Christian, ask the more mature ones to teach you (Titus 2:4).
Although our house, or apartment, or hotel room may have been a temporary “dwelling,” our hearts were a permanent home to the Lord Jesus Christ who had come to reside within us. Our relationship with Him and our growth in the knowledge of His Word gave us stability and permanency no matter where we went.
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Prayer: Father, I find such encouragement from spending time with other believers. Help me to always be disciplined enough to seek them out – no matter where you place me.
Suggested Reading: Colossians 3:1-17