Ok, I know what you are thinking, “Second Base?” what are you trying to imply ? Trust me, there are no sexual inferences here at all. Let me explain, in the game of baseball, the hitter begins at home plate and then tries to hit the ball thrown by a pitcher as far as possible with the intension of scoring runs by going clockwise around the 3 bases to home plate. The idea is all about advancement, movement, progress.
This baseball analogy came to me after I decided to get back to exercising again. I got ready to do my push ups and then after only 5, I dusted my hands, adjusted myself and with a wry smile and a sense of accomplishment of someone who just finished a simple 5-year old Lego puzzle, I got up and sat down. Yep, exercising was over; I was done for the day. However, that attitude did not get me anywhere. Then it dawned on me that I was still at “home plate” with no movement or progress. It seemed like I was just there basking in my immobility and brief activity. The reality is that if we are to make any progress , we need to move beyond where we are and make some progress beyond where we are today. Jesus even encouraged us to go and do beyond what is necessary. It will take commitment, desire, intrinsic motivation and a reliance of God to get you moving but just keep on moving.
In conclusion and in light of the events in Vegas, I want to say that our country needs to move beyond first base, we seem stuck in the past while thinking we are in the future, love seeks to advance the course of others and not end it. We need to make progress nationally, however for that to occur we all need to make progress ourselves. So look out today for good inspiring people who would push you to make a difference and not hurt others, look out to God for help in areas of stagnation, be open about your weaknesses and then focus on helping others as well for in helping beyond the norm we not only go to second base, heck we get a home run.
If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. (NIV)
(PRAYING FOR VEGAS)