A story of hope
August 6, 2009
We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
--2 Corinthians 5:20b
Today I want to tell you an amazing story about Major League Baseball player Josh Hamilton. His story will encourage you, not as much about his homerun power, but about the power of God in his life.
In 1999, Josh was the top Major League draft pick, and he went to play for Tampa Bay. And early in his career, Josh, a straight-arrow kid who had never had a drink or experimented with drugs, became injured.
He started hanging out in a tattoo shop and it was there that Josh began using drugs. In fact, he became instantly addicted to crack cocaine. In spite of having a loving wife who prayed for him, he fell further into sin and addiction. He tried rehab several times, but it didn’t work.
Desperate and at the end of hope, Josh showed up at his grandmother’s door a shell of himself. His grandmother confronted him and counseled him, and as a result of her love and the love of his wife and family, Josh was gloriously transformed by God’s grace, love, and mercy. He was changed!
What programs could not do for Josh Hamilton… what people could not do… God did!
So if you’ve ever said, “I’ll never change… I’m too far gone,” listen. No one is so far gone that God cannot reach him. Including John Hamilton… and you!
NO ONE IS SO FAR GONE THAT GOD CANNOT REACH HIM. INCLUDING YOU!
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
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