"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)
Baseball life can be scary, uncertain, and full of trials. However, it can also bring tremendous wealth, recognition, and power. As the joke goes, “Baseball has been bery bery good to me.”
When my husband broke into the Big Leagues for the first time, it was exciting and frightening all at the same time. I was suddenly surrounded by people who made millions of dollars. These girls were great and friendly, but while I was shopping at discount stores, they were shopping at Neiman’s. I couldn’t help but notice not only all the designer clothes, purses, and shoes, but also the huge diamonds and shiny, expensive cars. It didn’t take me long to start desiring these things as well.
It is very easy to get sucked into the black hole of materialism, especially in the altered reality of the baseball world. Let’s face it, most of our friends and family outside of baseball are not as fiscally fortunate as our baseball friends. They don't drive $100,000 cars, wear four-carat diamonds, and carry a “Louis.” This is not what the average American can afford. And while it is not wrong wrong to buy nice things, we must realize they are only things, and not let them overshadow our focus on the Lord.
What is real? The Lord, His character, and His love for us. His amazing grace is real and can save “a wretch like me.” Our relationship with Him is vibrant and living and must be carefully guarded and not taken for granted. When the enemy tries to make us feel discontented or covetous of someone’s nice things, we can stop and pray that the Lord would take that temptation and help us remember what is real. Whether you shop at Ross or Sak’s, our attitude should remain the same - it is only stuff.
Prayer: Lord, please protect me from the temptation of materialism. In the privileged arena of baseball, please guard my heart and help me to keep my focus on You, the real thing!
Suggested Reading: 1 Timothy 6:6-10