1895, Mike Grady played professional baseball for the
normally a catcher, was playing third base in a
particularly memorable – and painful -- game for
the story goes (see The Very Worst In Sports), he
bobbled an easy grounder allowing the batter to reach
first base (first error).
His throw to first was wild (second error),
allowing the runner to advance.
The runner tried to stretch it to third.
The first baseman's throw to Grady at
third was in time, but he dropped it (third error).
Finally, the runner was racing home and Grady's
throw sailed over
the catcher's head into the grandstand (fourth
error) - ALL in one single play!
Grady, due to his FOUR ERRORS, allowed an
“in-the-park” home run! *
from Grady’s record on that day in 1895, Neal
Pollard insightfully comments: “Have YOU
ever mishandled a situation?
More than that, have you ever compounded one
mistake with one, two, or more on top of the first
you have been around for any length of time, you have.
Maybe you lied to cover up some sin and felt
compelled to add a few more lies to it.
Maybe you lost your temper, then cursed, and
maybe even escalated it beyond that.
Temptation has any number of ways of getting
into our way and really botching up things.”
one of us has made errors, even MULTIPLE ERRORS:
errors in judgment, errors in word, and errors in
ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
(Romans 3:23). Therefore,
ALL of us need forgiveness and a second (or third, or
of His love for us, God offers forgiveness and a NEW
START in life through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for
our sins, making forgiveness possible (Ephesians 1:7).
The Lord WILL forgive those who submit in
trusting obedience to His will: believing
in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turning from sin in repentance
(Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized
(immersed) in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of
sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
Then, as we continue to struggle with errors...
we may still have forgiveness if we will forsake those
sins and ask God to forgive us.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and
just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
(1 John 1:9).
errors don’t have to ultimately DEFINE us or DEFEAT
is found through Jesus,
-IF we will just
trust and obey Him.
A. Sargent, Minister
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
Neal Pollard, “Four On One Play!”
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