My friend of many years, Mike Pyatt, provided the front-page sermon slot for the August 17 issue of Larry Lilly’s Journal. He is one of a very few who have done this over the last 19 years. One statement has rolled around in my head for several months from another of Mikes grand articles. Here’s the gem:
“Yesterday is intended for a brief stop. Not a fortress from today.”
Mike put “yesterday” in proper perspective from a common-sense view as well as God’s teaching on “yesterday.”
People, governments, churches and bar flies, among just about everyone, gets living out of kilter when looking back becomes a way of life.
One of my favorite all time Baseball players is the late Satchel Paige. Satchel became a colorful and very good pitcher in the Negro League back in the 1920’s. He started when he was released from reform school. He pitched his first Major League at the age of 42! He played for the Cleveland Indians and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Many sports writers say he may have been the best pitcher of all time!
Here’s a few of his zingers:
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
As do many, Satchel had a few yesterdays to look back on. He refused this morbid retreat from life and made the most of the day, while looking to the future.
Satchel overcame what could be called a parade of “Everest” obstacles to even live, let alone become a good major league pitcher at the ripe old age of 42. At age 59 he pitched 3 shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox!
Satchel refused to look back to the reform school days, to the humiliation of the Negro Leagues, and just did what he did with excellence!
We must learn to “Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith!”
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