Joey Ortiz is my new BFF that I’ve never met. He’s the author of “Correcting a Wreckless Life.” His story is so spiritual it’s seems Biblical. Joey overcame almost insurmountable odds, recovered from a roadside wreck and from a wreckless life, was restored to rightness and was declared righteous as he reclaimed his rightful place as a son of God.
And so when we see Joey we see ourselves. Accosted and assaulted by his natural father but assuaged and atoned by his Heavenly Father, Joey Ortiz teaches us the lesson of fearless faith and confident conviction. When he could have shown us cowardice and cheerlessness, Joey showed us jubilance and joyfulness in the face defeat and dejection.
Not only did Joey’s body, spirit and soul overcome being wrecked (hit) by a car and being wrecked by his own wreckless ways, he overcame his woeful and wayward dad. Joey shared with me about his father: “He beat me senseless as a kid, introduced me to weed, and embezzled 55k in my name in 1998. I got it resolved but it took six months. He owed $85k in back child support and never paid a penny. A bad character. Other than bringing me into this world his other achievement was making me a Yankees fan.” But overcome Joey did.
Joey upset the odds, came back from way back, and is a spiritual example of what God can will do with those who are down but not yet out. That Joey emerged from this sordid circumstance a saved and sound individual is a tremendous turnaround indeed. Praise God!
Just like Joey’s life, sports give us upsets, comebacks and turnarounds. Just like Joey’s life, sports teach us how God fights and how God finishes. God fights to the death and He will never leave a fight unfinished. God fights for keeps, and He fights for his “peeps.” God will fight for us, and He teaches our hands to war and our fingers to fight. And then, if God fighting is not spectacular enough, He goes on and He finishes off every fight. God fights His foes decisively and definitively. When God wins, and He Always wins, He leaves no doubt about who won. And God always causes us to triumph too.
So take if from my new BFF; God and sports go hand in hand. But be careful; while sports are like God, “sports” is NOT God. Some however, have made sports a god, and others have made sports their god. Don’t let this happen to you. Learn the lessons, don’t make the same mistakes, and use sports, don’t abuse sports. Don’t make sports an idol, use sports as an example of what God can do.