Dare 2B Daring - June 11, 2018
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“Yet, as I read the birth stories about Jesus, I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog.” – Philip Yancey
Charlie Culberson will most likely never be selected to a Major League All-Star game. In fact, he doesn’t even earn a starting position most days. Still, he is the talk of the town in Atlanta, Georgia this week.
After entering the league in 2012, Charlie has played on four different teams, mostly as a utility infielder. His career numbers have been far from impressive. Over the course of six seasons (he did not play in 2015), Culberson has had just 482 at-bats, equating to less than a single year’s worth for an everyday player. Additionally, before this week, he had only 6 home runs and 47 runs batted in during that span.
Yet, the past seven days have been very different. Charlie hit 7 for 21 with 5 runs scored and 5 RBI’s. Amazingly, 4 of those RBI’s came on two 2-run walk-off homers in the bottom of the ninth inning. Having won a Memorial Day contest for the Braves against the Mets, Culberson finished off his triumphant week with a blast against a division rival, the Washington Nationals. I do not know if Charlie’s late success will continue or if it was simply a flash in the pan, but it sure has been exciting.
At church on Sunday, Pastor Derrick West said one of his favorite qualities of the Bible is that it does not hide the scars of its heroes. Whether it be Gideon, David, or Samson, Scripture reveals both the good and the bad of these men. Nevertheless, God was able to use them, regardless of their weaknesses, to accomplish amazing acts with strength and courage through faith.
I’m sure there are many who would discount Charlie Culberson altogether, and probably a few who do not even know who he is. Still, Charlie has been given an opportunity to shine, and has done just so. He has his scars and weaknesses, but his value to the Atlanta Braves, especially this week, has been immeasurable. Do not let your inadequacies keep you from accomplishing great feats for Christ.
“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV
- Christopher Glading, Program Director