There were two old guys, Abe and Ken, sitting on a bench in a park feeding pigeons and talking about baseball, just like they did every day. Abe turns to Ken and says, “Do you think there is baseball in heaven?” Ken thinks about it for a minute and replies, “I dunno, Abe. But let’s make a deal: If I die first, I will come back and tell you. If you die first, you come back and tell me if there is baseball in heaven.”
They shake on it and, sadly, a few months later poor Abe passes on. One day soon afterward, Ken is sitting there feeding the pigeons by himself when he hears a voice whisper, “Ken….Ken….” Ken responds, “Abe, is that you?” “Yes it is Ken,” whispers the spirit of old Abe. Ken, still amazed, asks, “So is there baseball in heaven?”
“Well,” says Abe, “I’ve got good news and I have bad news.” “Give the good news first,” says Ken. Abe says, “Well…there is baseball in heaven.” Ken says, “That’s great! What news could be bad enough to ruin that?” Abe sighs and whispers, “You’re pitching on Friday!”
Now, this story is not intended to be theologically correct but it does illustrate a point. You never know when your life may end. Ken probably said to Abe afterwards, “That’s too much information!” My advice is be sure you are in a right relationship with God. That’s the first and most important thing. Read the Book of Romans in the Bible. Start with Chapter 10, verses 9 and 10. In other words, don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church. What you learn in the Bible and church will save your life….for eternity!
Secondly, make every second in your life from here on out count for something. Get involved in the community. Volunteer and make the community a better place to live. Long ago one of the members our church came to me wanting to do something significant. He had just retired and was bored. I suggested he serve as a volunteer in Boswell hospital in Sun City, Arizona. Just last Sunday, he approached me to tell me how much he was enjoying volunteering at Boswell. That volunteer ‘job’ has given more to him than he has given to it. If you are not very mobile, you can pray for the welfare of your community.
Just think, Anybody who is somebody is somebody to anybody. That’s community involvement. Don’t give God instructions….just report for duty!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, dents of our side and grease on the engine, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow….what a ride!” After all, you never know, you might be pitching on Friday!
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