photo (89)Do you like baseball?  My husband, Mark, loves baseball.  He played baseball as a child all the way through high school.  His father was the commissioner of baseball where he grew up.  He taught our son, Sam, to play baseball and when Sam developed a love for the sport, Mark coached until Sam stopped playing in middle school.  He loves baseball.  More than anything, I think the real attraction for him to baseball is the strategy and teamwork required to play the game well.

No one player is more important than any other.  While you need your pitcher to throw strikes, you need your catcher behind the plate to catch them.  Your outfielders need to have a strong, accurate arm in order to throw the ball infield and pick off the runner.  The infielder needs to have a keen eye, a strong arm and the ability to assess and execute a play quickly when a ball comes their way.  When everyone works well together, it is like watching a smooth, flowing dance.  It’s a beautiful thing. In baseball, the team wins together or loses together.  It isn’t a one man show. Cooperation is the key to victory.

The same is true in life, whether you’re talking about fighting the issue of human sex trafficking, family life or running a church or business.  Cooperation is key.  Everyone needs to do their part in order for success to be the result.  God wired us each with individual talents but He also made it so we needed one another.  1 Corinthians 12:14-25- says,

Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

What skills and talents has the Lord given you? How can you use those in the fight against human sex trafficking?  How can you use them in your place of employment to make the organization more efficient and productive?  How can your gifts and talents bless your family and your church?

Life is not a spectator sport.  

It is meant to be engaged by all.  You aren’t here just to sit by and watch.  You need to get into the game and do your part to ensure success.  You have something to offer that no one else has and we’re counting on you. It will take us all to be victorious.