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A Lamp Unto My Cleats


There are many verses of the Holy Scriptures that are very convicting. Two have come to mind recently. The first is 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. The second is Colossians 3:17; And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Do you really two both of those things? Are you committing as much time as possible to doing God’s work in this world? Is everything that you’re spending your time doing being done intentionally to bring glory to God?

The sad reality is, as busy as we all are, we all have what I like to call “time leaches;” habits or activities that seem to drain our time away from us. It may be watching television, or searching the web, or browsing your social media platform of choice, or chasing Pokemon around the city. Whatever it is - chances are you have one.

For me, it’s sports – especially baseball. From April until September, rarely a day goes by that I don’t check the Orioles and Phillies box scores. From October until March, when no games are taking place, I’m still reading about free agency, trade rumors, and other front office activities. God says to set your minds on things above. I tend to set my mind on things above - AND baseball!

But does that bring glory to God? Not really. Sure, being a baseball fan provides me with the opportunity to speak with unbelievers about a common bond, but it doesn’t really provide the opportunity to talk with them about the one thing I should be talking to them about - the saving work of Jesus Christ.

But what if it could?

Many professional baseballs players are Christians. Many of them openly share their Christian testimony with others. Many of them have unique stories about their Christian lives. If you know those stories, you can take a conversation about a player, or about the team that player is on, and turn it into a conversation about Christ.

With that in mind, I started a little blog called “A Lamp Unto My Cleats.” It focuses on baseball players who share their favorite Bible Verses and what those verses mean to them. If you’re a baseball fan, check out the site, and use these stories as an opportunity to speak to other baseball fans about the Gospel.

If you’re not a baseball fan, I present this challenge to you; think about your own hobbies. Can you think of a creative way to use your great “time leaches” to bring glory to God?

May God bless you as you strive to make the best use of the time God has given you to bring glory to Him!

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