The Utility Player

IMG_2511I watched the Falcons win by a very narrow margin this past week and surprise, surprise we are first in our division, is that even possible? I’m afraid we won’t make it to the Super Bowl and I do love to watch that game! Being a fan of the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons I love watching them play, on TV. I was thrilled to get to go to a Falcons game some years ago and then I got to go to a Braves game when we were in the wild card race back in the 90-91 season. I was so excited to go but being used to watching them on television I had the benefit of the announcers and commentators giving play-by-play details, so sitting in the stands I was sorely disappointed to watch without the excitement of the announcer yelling “It’s a HOME RUN”, or TOUCHDOWN”!

We all love the pitchers and we have our favorites, and then there is always Chipper, and even thought he has retired I’ll love him forever, along with Dale, John, Tom, Greg; but there was one player, way back when, that didn’t get the glory those famous Braves pitchers, or our home run kings Dale Murphy or Hank Aaron got, but he was mighty important. This player’s name was Jerry Royster and I bet you don’t remember him, did you? He was the best player ever, why? Because he was the best Utility player in the league! What is a utility player? Well he might not be the BEST at anything, but he can DO everything! Football has them too! Did you know that Johnny Unitas, famous quarterback, was a utility player during his college years?

I would like to think of myself as a utility player in life. I am a daughter, mom, grandmom, cook, house cleaner, writer, caretaker and I used to have a lot of other titles that, somehow, just don’t matter to me any more. Do I do any of those things better than anyone else? Probably not, but maybe my family considers me to be the best. Lately I have been a nurse, carpenter, TV repairman, plumber and tonight, around midnight, I was called upon to be a computer expert! To the person that needed me I was (their words not mine) an “angel come down from heaven to help”! A couple taking a trip early in the morning needed their tickets printed out to avoid the long lines, and couldn’t make it happen, so I got in my red van, not quite a white horse, with my old black T-shirt that says “this is my sexy lingerie”, and did the job!

The way I figure it is this, if I am going to be a servant of the most high God, He might expect me to do a little bit of every kind of work even if it’s just to see if I am willing to do it! 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 the Apostle Paul said “Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!”

I’ve met young people who want to start work, straight out of school, at the level of a CEO, not gonna happen sweetie, get in the trenches and work your way up! You want to save a soul? Be willing to take food and clothing to the poor, to buy someone a coat if they need it, to give a family a ride to church, maybe even take them out to lunch. Matthew 25:37-40 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ ” I’m willing to be a Utility Player for God, maybe I can really work my way up to the status of Angel! How ’bout you?

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