by Christian Bitar, CG, Baseball Chapel Staff
Baseball, in nature, is a humbling game. I mean think about it… failure permeates the game through and through, yet, the one who hits the ball three out of ten times is considered, not just above average but, great. However, even with this as our reality, experiencing this failure can bring us to our knees, or provoke tears, anger or frustration. I remember during my sophomore year at Regis University I had experienced this first hand. My freshman year saw much success, which, set expectations for the next year. So, when season came, I had this idea of how it would play out, yet somehow, failure was not a part of the picture, or my picture at least.
During my sophomore season I ended up hitting less than I weighed (at the time I weighed 225 pounds). It was as if the game had gut punched me, taking the air out of my lungs. Each blow that season was heavy, leaving me bruised, refined and most importantly humbled. In all honesty, I never thought that the game would do this to me again, but I was wrong.
This last Friday marked the beginning of Complete Game’s “Baseball Chapel,” or so we thought. When the start time came around, the field behind Cherry Hills Community Church (this is where the chapel is being held), showed no signs of a harvest. Each tick from the seconds hand was heard and magnified by the silence on the field.
With no sign of young men coming, our excitement, had morphed into confusion, frustration, disappointment; the list could go on. Never had we expected this to be the result of our labor. Yet it was. Adversity had taken its shot and connected, staggering us some, but not fully taking us out. We will be back this Friday, with more vigor, ready to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Language of Baseball.
What this Baseball Chapel aims to do is communicate who Christ is, what He has done, and how it permeates not only into our hearts but into how we view the world. In the next three weeks, at Cherry Hills Community Church, our vision will be communicating the idea of victory and how the world views it but how the gospel obtains it. As a staff, we want this message to hit the hearts of the young men present so that Jesus takes root, and creates a dwelling place within their hearts, through the power of the Holy Spirit. This being said, parents, we need your help in making this happen. This is an opportunity to radically change your sons’ lives, and your families’ as well.
In the past, there has been a major focus on just the boys. But seeing that this an expenditure that may take away from some family time, we would like to offer time to invest into you as parents. When the boys go over the lesson for the evening, one of the other members of our staff would like to talk over what the boys are learning and how this can be taken home for meaningful family time. For family time will be infinitely more valuable in the grand scheme of things. What this ministry wants to do is equip. We want men, women and children for Christ, and to do that, we need parents to take up their role in doing this.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 gives us great perspective on this. In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses, is giving one long and final sermon before he is taken away to be with the LORD for all eternity. This passage in particular shares profound truth; in fact Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:5, when the Pharisees asked, “What is the greatest commandment?”
What Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says is:
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (English Standard Version)
Through the words spoken by Moses, we see that we first need to set all that we are; mind, body, and spirit; on God and His ways. From this vantage point, the Spirit comes on us and writes in our hearts the law of God, which then bears fruit in the lives that we will live, and in the case of the family, into the lives of children. So, I end this with the hope that those who come and participate, will know that what their boys will be experiencing in Christ. Our prayer is that the God the Father would pour out His Spirit, so that Christ may be revealed and dwell in the hearts of many, bringing glory to the One true, triune God.