Don’t tell me baseball/softball folks aren’t committed…..
With the mild winter we have had it only was a matter of time before we were going to get a cold snap, my prayer was just that it wouldn’t be today. Well, in typical fashion the Lord shows me that we MUST be committed to His work no matter the weather.
Feb. 11th will probably go down as one of the busiest calendar days in the life of FCA baseball/softball in Georgia. Today’s schedule brought the 1st annual South Atlanta Coaches Clinic, two Urban/Inner city Atlanta baseball camps, and one pitching clinic in Cobb Co. All taking place while a weather cold front swept through the Atlanta area. As God has shown time and time again when His people show up so does He. With temps in the mid to high 30’s and winds at 15-20mph EVERY event listed above went off. And without fail the Lord showed His grace and presence through each of these events.
The South Atlanta Coaches Clinic hosted by Salem Baptist Sports had 80 coaches show up and brave the weather to hear from some AWESOME coaches and speakers. There were 6 high schools represented with clinicians, 2 former MLB pitchers, 2 former collegiate players, 2 travel ball coaches, and one current MLB player. These folks brought some serious knowledge to the game of baseball and softball for our coaches in attendance to absorb. Along with the clinicians we also had a wonderful team of volunteers that spent their day loving on the coaches that were attending. I personally can’t thank all of them enough for their commitment, energy, and encouragement throughout the day. After 4 hours we closed with the Gospel and challenge to every coach……you MUST be a coach of INFLUENCE. The young people we are entrusted too will depend on us! As we closed the day we offered a 6 week coaches Bible study starting the end of Feb. and 12 coaches committed. As follow up emails go out I know that number will rise. Praise God!
Our Urban/Inner city ministry (led by Brent Slade) also went off with God being glorified. By the end of the day we had ministered to 42 Atlanta youth and 16 gave their lives to Christ! That’s 16 young men that will NEVER be the same and God will use for eternity! Please keep these 16 young men in your prayers.
What the Lord showed me today was this…….as much as we want to complain about our situation (weather, finances, schedules, etc.) He has called us to the front lines. Most of us (including me) would have much rather just stayed in bed and warm. Instead we are accountable to what God has entrusted us with and the people around me (us). We MUST show up! Romans 12:1 tells us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice. God is really asking us to surrender our all and GIVE HIM 100%. I am just thankful that He continues to use folks like you and I.