Sunday, September 9, 2012

Today's Photograph . . . . Seek The Maker Of The Stars, Not The Stars . . .   (MQ)
Bible Study Verses 
I Timothy 4:7-8
But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness, for
the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (HCSB)

As a former college and professional baseball player, I saw superstition daily: 
  • Never wear the same shirt under the uniform - without washing it - during a hitting streak. 
  • Never eat a certain meal, like chicken (Wade Boggs), before a game. 
  • Never losing the thoughts there were hexes put on their bats when they were in a slump.
  • Never putting on your socks unless you put on the right sock first. 
  • Never touch the foul line - that was a definite no-no.
  • Never calling the manager "coach"
 (Bink G)

Action Point
There is an old mariner's tale that says bananas on boats bring bad luck. There are a few friends of mine in the chartering business who take it to heart and get really upset when a customer brings the yellow fruit on board. I kind of have fun with it and hide a banana occasionally on my buddy's boat to get a rise out of him. 

Why do so many look to the stars, horoscopes and psychics to find the answers to life? The world may be changing, but the Word has not and will not. Seek the Maker of the stars - not the stars. 
Back to baseball, my ritual was to draw a cross in the dirt at home plate before every at-bat. It wasn't a superstitious act, just an act of honor and reverence. Did I get a hit in every at-bat? Of course not - there was only one Man who walked on water!!!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When taking kids fishing, take lots of snacks to keep them occupied in case the action is slow. Yes, bananas are acceptable.