Dare 2B Daring – August 07, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“You’re through. Finished. Burned out. Used up. You’ve been replaced…forgotten. That’s a lie.” – Chuck Swindoll
Matt Kemp is a Major League Baseball player, currently patrolling the outfield for the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. After the 2017 season, however, it looked like his 12-year career was all but over. That season, his offensive production fell dramatically as he only clubbed 19 homers and drove in a measly 64 runs. Both were 10-year lows, except for an injury-plagued 2013 season. Additionally, Kemp led the majors by grounding into 25 double plays and failed to steal a single base for the first time ever.
Hampered by hamstring injuries and with his weight ballooning out of control, Kemp had become a defensive liability. In the off-season, the Atlanta Braves sent him packing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a multi-player trade that was seen by both teams as a mere salary dump. In fact, the Dodgers upper management didn’t include Kemp in their 2018 yearbook because they didn’t expect him to make the squad. They also told him to stay home instead of participating in their preseason media tour.
By the time spring training rolled around, Kemp wasn’t even an afterthought in the Dodgers plans for the upcoming season. However, Kemp turned lots of heads by reporting to camp 40 pounds lighter. As a result, he started smoking the ball like the Kemp of old and when opening day arrived, there was Matt starting in the outfield.
The rest of Kemp’s story resembles a fairy tale. He started the season red hot and hasn’t cooled down since. Incredibly, he was voted to the NL All Star Team and at this writing, he is batting .296 with 17 home runs and 62 RBIs. In other words, Kemp has accomplished in the first half of 2018 what it took him all of last season to do.
There are numerous morals to Kemp’s story. The first is to never give up. The second is if you don’t like what you see – physically, emotionally, or spiritually – when you look in the mirror, do something about it. In Kemp’s case, he realized that he wasn’t living up to his full potential and so, he started eating properly and exercising more frequently. As the pounds fell off, his God-given ability returned.
What do you see when you look into the mirror? If you like the image staring back at you, give God the glory. If you don’t, start taking the necessary steps to change. They can be small steps, but the key is to start today… and keep on going. Remember, you were meant to be an All Star for Jesus!
“Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore four-fold.” Luke 19:8 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President