NOVEMBER 9

Comeback of the Year

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:1

It's easy to become discouraged when we fail. It's easy to lose heart and stop trying. That's why I love stories like this one:

For many years Bob Brenly was the starting catcher for the San Francisco Giants. But because of a last-minute lineup change on this very date in 1986, he was pressed into duty at third base. Everything was going fine . . . until the fourth inning.

That's when he committed not one, not two, not three, but a record-tying four errors in the same inning—including two on the same play. In fact, he almost had a fifth error. "I missed a head-high line drive that tipped off the webbing of my glove and went into left field," Brenly said.

"If they hadn't called that one a hit, my name would have stood alone in the record books."

The home crowd booed. His coaches and teammates avoided even looking at him. But his manager left him in the game. Good thing.

When Bob came up to bat the following inning, he smashed a solo home run. His next at-bat was a two-run single in the seventh to tie the game. And with his final plate appearance of the day in the ninth inning, he stroked a game-winning homer. His manager later commented, "This man deserves to be the Comeback Player of the Year for this game alone."

If you've been trying to branch out of the ordinary—at home, at work, in your walk with Jesus Christ—don't let a few setbacks get you down. Keep swinging for the fences. And if it's your spouse who's failing . . . like the manager, keep on believing in your teammate.

DISCUSS

Talk about any recent failures in your life or your spouse's life. Discuss how you can encourage each other to stay with it.

PRAY

Thank God for His Holy Spirit, who comforts us, continually invites us to greater challenges and empowers us to keep stepping out in faith. Pray for the perseverance to press on despite setbacks in life, at work and in your marriage and family.  

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