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October 9, 2020

Back to the Basics

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)

My husband’s minor league career was predominately played in the New York Yankee organization. I didn't know much about the game of baseball when I met Andy, so attending Spring Training practices and games was a great opportunity to learn.

As Andy progressed from Rookie Ball to the Big Leagues, I noticed something interesting. The goal was the same every spring. The teams at every level participated in drills to practice the basics of the game. These drills consisted of things like running the bases, fielding ground balls, hitting, and pitching. I understand the need for these exercises in little league but had assumed that these were well-learned skills at the professional level.

I came to realize that if a player can execute plays involving these skills, then he is more likely to be able to handle the more challenging plays. This intricate and sometimes mundane training can certainly be credited with Andy’s later successes in baseball.

Jesus laid out the basics for us in Matthew 22:37-40. To paraphrase, he told us to love God with all of our being and to love others like we love ourselves. He also told us in Matthew 18:3 to “change and become like little children.” In these two commands we see some of the basics of our faith.

God never intended for our relationship with him to be complicated. He desires a sincere and simple faith. Little children are innocent, trusting, and eager to learn. They also easily express emotion, are pure in motive, and have needs to be met.

When we ponder the relationship we have with the only perfect parent, our Heavenly Father, we realize how much we have strayed from being like these little children. He understands the struggle we face in letting go and allowing those traits to reach the surface in our lives, and yet, he desires it nonetheless. So He provides the strength we need to accomplish the task.

In 2 Corinthians 12:10 the scripture says “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Praise God! Our job is to learn and practice the basics of the Christian life.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for loving me completely and for reminding me how important it is to continually “go back to the basics” of your Word.

Suggested Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Jill McGaffigan

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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