I thought I would post the little devotional I concocted for the baseball trip this weekend. Enjoy.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Carlos Zambrano pitched for the Cubs in last night’s game. He has become one of my favorite Cubs players, widely known for his passion on the mound; very much wearing his emotions on his sleeve. Carlos, like many other athletes these days, points to the sky after he completes an inning of pitching. For a long time, I thought this was a selfish act designed to make all the fans see how “religious” the athlete is. Carlos would beg to differ.
From the Chicago Tribune:
There he was, Carlos Zambrano, the fierce 6-foot-5, 22-year-old Venezuelan pitcher for the Cubs, standing still halfway between the pitecher’s mound and the dugout, his eyes turned heavenward, his hands raised as if in conversation.
But with whom?…
“Any time I finish an inning, I look to the sky and I give thanks to God for that inning, be it a bad or good inning,” Zambrano told me when I asked about his, uh, rain dance the other day. “I just want to give all the glory to God.”
Wow. How refreshing. He’s not praying to win. He’s just praying to play. Whether the Cubs win or lose, it’s just a gift to be able to play, and for that he is grateful to his God, he said.
Let’s think about this. The Bible says that everything we do can be done for the glory of God. God blessed Carlos with the ability to play baseball at the professional level, and Carlos takes every opportunity he has to thank God for it. Psalm 149:4a says “the Lord takes pleasure in his people.” God loves to sit back and watch Carlos use the gifts that were given to him by his Maker.
This does not only apply to athletes. Our ordinary, everyday lives can be constant acts of worship to God. Martin Luther said that “even a dairymade can milk a cow to the glory of God.” It’s really all up to us to see our lives as gifts of God for however long we get to live them on this earth. God’s not going to tap us on the shoulder and remind us of this every few hours. You can probably live your entire life and never see it as a gift of God and an act of worship. But that’s not the point.
Our lives should glorify God regardless because we were fearfully and wonderfully made. So why not get in on it? Why not thank God for one more day of life? Maybe we could all learn a lesson from Carlos Zambrano.