Being a fan of the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons I love watching them play, while sitting in my living room on the 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. Being in the stadium with the excitement of the crowd and up to my ankles in peanut shells was nice but I was used to watching them with the announcers and commentators giving play-by-play details, so when I was there sitting in the stands I really missed hearing announcing “It’s a home run “, or “touchdown“! We all love the pitchers and we have our favorites, and then there is always Chipper, I’ll love him forever, along with Dale, John, Tom, and 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, his name was Jerry Royster, you don’t remember him? 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 could do everything! Football has them too! Did you know that famouns quarterback Johnny Unitas was a utility player during his college years?
I would like to think of myself as a utility player in life. I have been a daughter, I am a mom, grand-mom, cook, house cleaner, writer, 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 to my family I might be considered the best. For the last four years of my parent’s lives I became a nurse, I have been a 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, it’s 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.’ “
So what am I? I hope I am a Utility Player for God, then maybe I can really work my way up to the status of Angel! How ’bout you?