Love Your Way Through
There are no two Biblical characters exactly alike. The breadth of Christian character runs the gamut from Adam to Zechariah and from Zadok to Abigail; we’re all different, yet we’re all the same. The range of Christian experience spans time and eternity, the now and the not yet — past, present and future.
The extremities and similarities of spiritual understanding are found and bound in the multiple faces and faculties of the faithful. These included Moses and Miriam, David and Deborah, Elijah and Esther, Rahab and Ruth, Peter and Paul; each were fiercely individual, yet all collectively combined their faith, hope and love to form the Kingdom of God. Each of these Biblical heroes loved their way through tests and trials, and temptations and transgressions by the power of God.
So as “mortals we join the mighty chorus, which the morning stars began. Father-love is reigning o’er us; Brother-love binds man to man. Ever singing march we onward, we’re victors in the midst of strife; Joyful music lifts us sunward in the triumph song of life!”
Each Biblical hero loved their way through. Each loved the Lord. Each hoped for abundant and eternal life. Each had faith for themselves and for others to move mountains. Each had flaws and fallacies, fears and frustrations that forced them to depend on God for victory. Their talents were not enough. Their love was.
So love your way through. Just as the great cloud of witnesses who went before us did, we must Love the Lord and love life. We must love others more than we love ourselves. We must love to the point that we don’t expect or demand to be loved in return.
So love the game. Love friends and your enemies. Love those who love you and those who hate you. Love the ones you admire and the ones you can’t stand. Just love your way through this game of life. Don’t hate. Don’t stay bitter. Don’t wish your life away. Love every play and every practice. Enjoy every inning and every outing. Relish every quarter and every half of every game. Love the people you play with and live with.
Love the game.
Love the game for the pure joy of accomplishment.
Love the game for everything it can
teach you about yourself.
Love the game for the feeling of belonging to a
group endeavoring to do its best.
Love the game for being involved in a team whose members can’t wait to see you do your best.
Love the game for the challenge of working harder that you ever have at something and then harder than that.
Love the game because it takes all team members to give it life.
Love the game because at its best, the game tradition
will include your contributions.
Love the game because you belong to a long line of fine
athletes who have loved it. It is now your legacy.
Love the game so much that you will pass on your love of the game to another athlete who has seen your dedication,
your work, your challenges, your triumphs…
and then that athlete will, because of you,
love the game.