[This is my last Spring Training entry for 2018. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, especially those who followed along on Facebook. Thanks for coming along. Tomorrow we will return to the 12-step theme.]
Okay, now it’s the second watch. It’s still the First Watch restaurant but it’s my second time this weekend. It’s Monday morning and it’s a totally different story here. I have a booth to myself and there are only three other tables taken. Quiet as a mouse. I know I should branch out and try some other places but First Watch handed out a 20% discount card as I left the game yesterday and I couldn’t resist. Good marketing.
I’m trying to figure out what it is I like so much about this weekend. The road trip for sure. The alone time. Sounds selfish but it’s how I’m put together. The breakfast’s out. The baseball games. It really is fun to watch baseball for baseball’s sake. Nothing counts except the experience. And the experience is intimate. You can watch the interaction of players and coaches and fans, and everyone’s having a good time. There’s truly a party atmosphere in the stands. People clap and cheer for all 27 outs made by the home team. You don’t always get that at a regular ball game unless it’s October. These are true fans; no fair weather friends here.
We need more spring training in our lives. We need more enjoyment of things for enjoyment’s sake. Spring training is a little like grace. You get to play but your performance doesn’t count against you. In Friday’s game, Anthony Rizzo, first baseman for the Chicago Cubs, dropped a routine little pop-up. Banged right off the bottom of his glove. He will never miss that ball for the rest of the year. Someone near me called out, “It’s okay, Rizzo; it’s just spring training.” Would that we all had a break like that. Well we do. It’s called grace. God is not keeping a record of our mistakes. He’s not even counting our sins against us. He’s not adding up our wrongs.
So what’s to keep us from sinning big time, since it’s only spring training? Well, heck, don’t you want to make the team? Don’t you want to do the best you can? Since Christ has already done everything, don’t you want to be a part of that? It’s all a part of a mentality change. We’re not trying to see what we can get away with; we’re trying to see what we can contribute to the team. And since it’s all about being available to have God work through us, then all we have to do is show up for life.