And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Next fall, when you see geese flying south for the winter, flying along in “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. When a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. When the head goose gets tired it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies the point. Geese “honk” from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshots, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly again or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that. (Source Unknown)
As a Christian athlete or coach, you have great influence to impact other athletes and coaches. You are a flock and a fellowship of believers who exist to support, care, fellowship, provide for, pray for and encourage one another. As we go about our day, week, month and year there will be times when someone in your flock gets wounded, hurt, damaged, sick, or even killed. It is important that you be there for them. Walk with them through their valley in life. Support them. Encourage them. Provide for them. Care for them. That is called showing God’s love in a practical way. And that is “being” a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Have a great week!
Be Worth Being!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 37 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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