Baseball lost a bit of its history a couple weeks ago when legendary player/coach Don Zimmer died. Zimmer spent 66 years of his life in the Major Leagues; he was even married on a baseball diamond in 1951. To give you an idea about his career: Zimmer was the starting second baseman the day the Dodgers won their only championship in Brooklyn. He was also the starting third baseman in the first game the New York Mets ever played. He played alongside all-time greats like Jackie Robinson. He played for renowned coaches like Casey Stengel and coached All-Stars like Derek Jeter. It is hard to imagine the impact that all of those legendary people would have had on his life. But if you are a Christian, it may not be so difficult to envision. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Did you catch that first part? “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses”. Much like Don Zimmer’s storied career, we too, as Christians, are running a race before a great crowd of people who have already finished the race with honors… men like Abraham and David, the Apostle Paul and even Jesus Himself. Their examples encourage us along the way and admonish us when we stumble. I hope that you find encouragement in knowing that you are surrounded by a ‘great cloud of witnesses’. Just open your Bible today and allow God’s Spirit to minister to your soul.

Have a blessed day!

Justin Frazier

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