Real Winner

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This past week was totally awesome! I can’t think of anything that could have been better. Charity needed someone to watch Piper so we had Piper from Wednesday afternoon to Saturday afternoon. She was so much fun!

Joshua and Danielle were gone over the weekend. They left on Friday morning so I picked up Harper and Sutton from school on Friday afternoon. The Nachtigall house was filled with fun on Friday evening and Saturday morning! On Saturday Vicki suggested we go to the park for a bit which they all loved. Then we stopped by the church for a few minutes.

After spending a short time at the church we headed back to the house for a quick lunch then a nap for Piper before Vicki and Harper took her back to Amarillo. After they left I told Sutton we were going to go play in the backyard.

On the way out the door he said, “Let’s play baseball, Papa!” Then he headed straight for the shed to get the ball and bat. He threw the ball to me and said, “Papa you pitch and I’ll hit it.” So that was the way it started.

He had a little problem hitting my pitches, but finally got one really good. It went right by me to the patio. I told him it was a good hit and he told me that was 168 points. Every time he hit it past me the points kept getting higher and higher. It got to be pretty funny!

Then he told me it was his time to pitch and I could hit. I hit the ball past him and I asked him how many points I got for that hit. He looked at me and said 1! I guess my hit didn’t go far enough for me to get the points he got. Truth was he called it so he would be the winner.

After going back and forth from hitting to pitching he said he wanted to play in the studio. Of course, that was fine by me. As I watched him play in the studio I thought about how he assigned points as we played ball. He was more than ready to put the points on his hits that put him ahead.

As I considered this, I wonder how many times I have called my life the way I wanted it to be. I wondered how often I make sure that I am the one that comes out on top over the things going on in my life. How often do I place more emphasis on the things that I have going on than what God is doing around me.

Sutton and his Papa both want to have the best ending to the things going on in our lives. We both want to make sure that everything goes the best for us and we make the most of the games that we play. Truth is we are no different than most others.

That’s when I thought about what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:7-10. ------ 7 “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;”

Before Paul met Jesus his goal was to place his work above anything and everyone else. Yet when he met Jesus it all changed. His focus was taken off of himself and placed on Christ and knowing Him.

My prayer is that Sutton will always have that competitive streak in him, but that he will count everything ‘as loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus’. I want him to be a real winner.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul