All around us people are watching and so is the Lord. Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.”
In his book, “A Father for All Seasons,” Bob Welch wrote: “Last summer, my son, Jason, was a seventh-grader playing in a seventh/eighth grade league. The third pitch, unintentionally I’m sure, came right at Jason. He turned to avoid being hit and fell to the ground. His bat went flying. His helmet bounced off. The ball seemed to have skimmed his shoulder. ‘Take your base,’ said the umpire. ‘It didn’t hit me,’ Jason said to the ump.
‘Take your base, son,’ said the umpire. ‘But honest, it didn’t hit me,’ Jason pleaded.
The umpire looked at Jason and out to the infield ump, who just shrugged. ‘Okay,’ said the ump, ‘The count is one and two.’
The towering pitcher rocked and fired. Jason ripped the ball into left center field for a stand-up double. Our crowd roared. The manager of the team in the field was standing a few feet behind me. He had no idea the kid on second base was my son. He spit out his sunflower seeds and slowly shook his head. ‘Man,’ he said. ‘You got to love that.’
Jason got a big double in his baseball game because he decided to do what was right, rather than take a free base on the umpire’s error.
This is a great example to each of us in our daily lives. We should live knowing that God is watching us every day and so are a lot of people. So live your life as a witness for the change Jesus Christ has made in your life.
Dr. David Bouler of Global Faith Ministries, Chattanooga, Tennessee, contributed this column to the Journal Review. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.