With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done before. She hit her very first home run. Not only did the homer clear the centerfield fence, but as it did, it secured a victory for Western Oregon and effectively eliminated Central Washington University from the playoffs.
But as Sara rounded first base, tragedy occurred. Sara collapsed in a heap with a torn ligament in her left knee. In agony, she crawled back to first base and could not move one step further.
To make matters worse, the umpire informed Sara’s coach that if he or any of her teammates helped her around the bases, she would be called out. Her coach could substitute her with a pinch runner, but the runner would need to remain on first base and the home run would only count as a single.
Then, something very surprising happened. Two members of the opposing Central Washington University softball team stunned the spectators by walking over to the despondent Sara. They picked her up and carried her around the bases, lowering her at each one so that her good leg could lightly touch each base. By doing this, Central Washington made sure that Sara’s three-run homer counted. — A selfless act that eliminated their own team from the playoffs.
I love stories about character.
For us, character is aligning ourselves so that our behaviors are Christ-like, and as we abide with Christ and spend more time with him and his word, we begin to develop and deepen his character in our lives.
When we intentionally and continually surrender ourselves to the lordship of Jesus Christ, we begin to model him, and we begin to represent the virtues he proclaims. We actually become his ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20), and we become more conformed to his image (Romans 8:29).
This summer, I encourage you to dive deep into the Word of God, and seek to grow deeper in his character! I know it will change our lives, and it will change our church!