Take Me Out To The Ballgame!
Yes, I will admit it, I love sports and today begins Spring Training for Major League Baseball in Florida and Arizona. So what does this have to do with Optimizing Ministry? Well, a lot actually. You see, baseball and sports in general are all about competition. When working in ministry, we must compete every single day with the challenges that are lain in our path. Our ability to adjust, react, and execute determine how successful we are in reaching the poorest of the poor.
Rarely is there a time in my life that I have not been tuned into whatever athletic competition is occurring. Even my South African and Kiwi friends sat me down for some intense Cricket matches a few years back. I am a firm believer that you can learn a lot about a person playing a round of golf, and in many cases more than you can if you are sitting in an office having a meeting. Competition brings out the good and bad qualities of every individual. It also ignites a passion in people to support the home team, let’s face it, the term “fan” is short for fanatic! The thrill of victory! The agony of defeat!
The competition of life is very similar, but the results can be life-changing. Imagine waking up each day trying to figure out how to put food on the table. Imagine your child becoming ill and not having a doctor anywhere close to help. It can be an overwhelming obstacle for anyone. It’s really what makes the work of Medical Ministry International so important. We can reach these people and totally turn their lives around. That’s our motivation to compete against every obstacle. It may be lack of funds, could be lack of volunteers, sometimes its even a lack of caring from their own community. Can you imagine what it would be like to be ostracized in your own community?
We are ready to compete and would love to have you join us! By the way, I’m picking my Texas Rangers to win it all! Go Rangers!