Friday, 30 September 2011

The "Babe"

You need not be a baseball fan, nor do you need to be old enough to remember Babe Ruth, just know that he was one of the greatest home run hitters in the history of the game. The following came from Family Life’s “Moments for You” series.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
Babe Ruth

I can’t attribute this story to its source, but a number of years ago I read a story about Babe Ruth. At the end of his legendary baseball career, the Babe had become obviously overweight. During one of his final contests, he bungled several fly balls in the outfield and struck out weakly with every plate appearance. Fans who had seen or heard about his once-proud exploits were now quick with catcalls, mocking this man who had hit twice as many home runs as anyone else in baseball.

But as the jeering got louder and louder, a little boy leaped over the railing and onto the playing field. With tears streaming down his face, he ran to the Babe and threw his arms around the legs of the fading athlete. Babe Ruth reached down, picked up the boy and hugged him tight. Then setting him down and patting him on the head, they walked hand in hand toward the dugout, while the jeers turned to cheers. Hardly an eye remained dry in the whole place.

The crowd had been correct in their assessment, of course. The Babe had let much of his athletic prowess go to seed. Yet a little boy had remembered him for who he was . . . and had covered over his errors with love.

This is not unlike what marriage was established to be—two people saying to each other, “I know you’ve failed me and disappointed me at times (as I have you), but I’m still going to put my arm around you and tell you, ‘I love you.’ I’m on this journey with you one way or the other.”
We who call Jesus Lord and Savior are blessed to be loved by Him unconditionally. His love for us is not based on performance. And even though we have failed Him and disappointed Him, He never stops loving us. This is what a covenantal marriage should look like, since marriage is to be a reflection of the relationship between Christ and his bride – the church.

Assuming that you and your spouse are relatively the same height why not throw your arms around their neck (I also assumed throwing your arms around the legs of your loved one could be awkward) the moment you see them tonight and tell them how much you love them?

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